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Google removed about 20 apps infected by spyware from Google Play Store

Some hours ago, Google has identified (and removed from the Play Store) about 20 apps infected by a spyware called Lipizzan.

This is a two-stage targeted spyware that can do everything with your device (smartphone or tablet).

For example, on an infected device, it can:

  • record calls (both Voice and VoIP calls);
  • access contacts;
  • access SMS;
  • access the microphone;
  • take pictures from the camera;
  • get screenshots, and photos from gallery;
  • get current GPS location;
  • get other information from various apps, like Whatsapp, Skype, Facebook, Snapchat, and so on…

Lipizzan is a two-stage spyware that is combined with a generic app providing backup or cleanup features. After installation, Lipizzan installs a second stage component, that starts the root of the device and sends user data to a server.

Google confirmed that Lipizzan has been removed from the Play Store. Also, it said that any new installations are blocked.