Espionage campaign loads VPN spyware on Android devices via social media

A new espionage campaign, dubbed SandStrike, has been detected using malicious VPN apps to load spyware on Android devices, cybersecurity company Kaspersky reports. It’s an example of how APT (advanced persistent threat) actors are constantly updating old attack tools and creating new ones to launch new malicious campaigns, particularly against mobile devices.

“In their attacks, they use cunning and unexpected methods: SandStrike, attacking users via a VPN service, where victims tried to find protection and security, is an excellent example,” Victor Chebyshev, the lead security researcher at Kaspersky’s (Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT), said in a blog post.

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