Google Blocked a new Spyware Family Lipizzan

Google Blocked a new Spyware Family Lipizzan that is capable of extracting user’s email, SMS messages, location, voice calls, and media. They examined the code and it refers to famous cyber arm company Equus Technologies.

Lipizzan was blocked by Google in its early stage itself, they found around 20 Lipizzan apps and less than 100 devices in total. They keep on Enhancing Google Play Protect capabilities to block more sophisticated spyware attacks.

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Execution Flow

It is a sophisticated Multistaged spyware, the first stage was identified by Google play protect that imitate app like backup and Cleaner. After the installation, Lipizzan would load stage two “license verification” which survives infected device.

Then it would root the device with known exploits and extracts data to C&C server. It is capable of performing the following tasks.

Call recording
VOIP recording
Recording from the device microphone
Location monitoring
Taking screenshots
Taking photos with the device camera(s)
Fetching device information and files
Fetching user information (contacts, call logs, SMS, application-specific data)

Somehow Lipizzan Authors aware that Google detected and taken down the spyware, so they came up with the similar app with a couple of new changes. They have done Changes with the file name and also in the way of downloading stage two.

Even though the app type and the stage downloading method changed, security experts from blocked it as soon after upload. You get a complete list of samples from Android developers blog page.

Common Defences

  • To stay secure use a reputable mobile security solution to detect and remove the threats.
  • Do download apps only from the official market.
  • Before downloading, check for the number of installs, ratings and, most importantly, the content of reviews.
  • Ensure you have opted into Google Play Protect.
  • Keep your phone patched to the latest Android security update.

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