APT‑C‑23 Hacker Group Attacks Android Users That Records Calls & Take Pictures Silently


The APT-C-23, a danger group is also known as a Two-tailed Scorpion and they target mainly the Middle East. The Android spyware used by the group was very first identified in 2017, now the recent variation was discovered to have extended spying functionality.

Security scientists discovered brand-new spyware used by the APT-C-23 risk group to target Android users through phony Android app shop.

Previously this year Checkpoint cautioned of APT-C-23 hacking group attacks targeting mobile phones, in Apri & & June @malwrhunterteam tweeted about the new Android malware sample, that found to be connected.

Android Malware Via Fake App Store

When the malware is released for the very first time it records the victim to the C&C server and sends out the gadget info to the server.

ESET scientists observed a fake Android app shop “DigitalApps” utilized by the threat actor group to distribute the malware.

The following are a few of the apps used by assaulters to conceal malware that consists of AndroidUpdate, Threema, and Telegram.

The following are the capabilities of the malware.

  1. Take images
  2. Tape audio
  3. Reboot Wi-Fi
  4. Exfiltrate call logs
  5. Exfiltrate all SMS messages
  6. Exfiltrate all contacts
  7. Download files to the device
  8. Erase files from the device
  9. Steal files with particular extensions (pdf, doc, Docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx,txt, text, jpg, jpeg, png).
  10. Uninstall any app installed on the device.
  11. Take APK installers of apps installed on the device.
  12. Conceal its icon.
  13. Get credit balance of SIM on the device (it can get a balance by telephoning to 3 various cellular operators: Jawwal, Wataniya, Etisalat).
  14. Record screen and take screenshots.
  15. Tape-record outgoing and inbound calls in WhatsApp.
  16. Telephone while developing a black screen overlay activity (to hide call activity).
  17. Check out the text of notifications from chosen messaging and social networks apps: WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, Skype,Messenger, Viber, imo.
  18. Dismiss notifications from built-in security apps on some Android devices.
  19. Dismiss its notices (an unusual function, possibly used in case of mistakes or warnings displayed by the malware).

When the malware activity is initialized, for the most part, victims are requested to set up a genuine app which contains sources fo malware The malware gets set up in the phone quietly in addition to the legitimate app and the spyware calmly runs in the background.

The fake app store has both destructive and clean products, the non-malicious application redirects the users to another unofficial Android app shop and harmful apps have malware concealed in together with its functionality.

For C&C interaction assaulters mainly utilize under maintenance sites and the interaction with the C&C server is secured.

The aggressors generally target users through the messaging apps to deceive the users in asking for number authorizations that include “taking images and videos, taping audio, reading and modifying contacts, and reading and sending out SMS.”