Hackers using Android OmniRAT malware to assault Isis followers on Telegram
Isis members are reportedly warning others of the malware which can spy on its victims.
Islamic State (Isis) members and supporters are reportedly being targeted by unknown hackers, using the Android AmoniRAT malware. The hackers are purportedly using a modified version of the Android edition of the Telegram app, dubbed plus_g.apk, which comprises the OmniRAT malware to distribute and infect IS (Daesh) supporters.
Posts were reportedly uncovered by an unnamed security researcher on underground Isis newsgroups which detail the newest malware threat. OmniRAT can also be commercially available and is one of the few strains that are malware capable of targeting Android, Mac, Windows and Linux systems online.
According to a report by Bleeping Computer, a security researcher who goes from the Twitter handle FourOctets, discovered the OmniRAT malware after analysing the malicious plus_g.Apk app. According to FourOctets along with both the anonymous security researcher, the hacker/hackers behind the imitation app seem to possess little to no expertise in working with malware.
"They didn't even attempt to hide what it was," FourOctets said. "[OmniRAT] It Is still in the XML file."
"I'm presuming it's merely old code repacked for Android, employing a common vector," the anonymous researcher said.
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This specific variant of the OmniRAT Trojan is reportedly effective at spying on casualties that are infected. The malware can retrieve SMS messages and telephone logs, gain access to victims' GPS coordinates install apps, dump the memory of the whole device as well as get the microphone and camera of the device.
Members of the extremist group appear to be conscious of the danger and so are allegedly warning others of the malware.
"We are not slow nor ignorant to not realise that you are tracking our Stations.
"Reporting our Channels to be Disabled will just get you 'Perish in Rage' because You cant stop the 'Rise of the Islamic state' World Wide."