There is a new advanced type of malware that can spy on almost any Android phone; even worse, it can spy on any app that has been installed on the phone (WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.) to steal passwords, photos, videos, images, and data. The malware is called ZooPark. For now, it only attacks people in the Middle East, and it is possible that someone from the United States is behind it.
All information about ZooPark comes from Kaspersky. The cybersecurity company believes that ZooPark is the 4th generation of this malware. It started with “simple” functions, such as stealing details from accounts or contacts. Now, this viral monstrosity can monitor and filter key logs, data from the clipboard, browser data such as search history, photos and videos from the memory card, and call and audio records.
But it does not end there: ZooPark can also make screenshots, and video and audio recordings without the owner of the phone finding out. It can also make calls, send texts, or execute commands with extreme stealth.
For now, you shouldn’t worry unless you’re in the Middle East. And for the moment, it has only infected less than a hundred people. “This and other evidence indicates that the victims have been chosen on purpose,” Kaspersky explained for ZDNet.
The problem could grow if ZooPark version 4.0 somehow gets out of control or someone manages to create a more mainstream clone. Stay safe out there…