BladeHawk Attackers Target Kurds with Android Apps

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Pro-Kurd Facebook profiles deliver ‘888 RAT’ and ‘SpyNote’ trojans, masked as legitimate apps, to perform mobile espionage.

Attackers have been targeting the Kurdish ethic group for more than a year through an Facebook-based spyware campaign that disguises backdoors in legitimate Android apps, researchers have found.

A group called BladeHawk is behind the campaign, discovered by researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET and active since at least March 2020, according to a report published this week. The campaign disguises the 888 RAT in Android apps using dedicated Facebook profiles, researchers aid.

“These profiles appeared to be providing Android news in Kurdish, and news for the Kurds’ supporters,” ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko wrote in the report, published Wednesday. “Some of the profiles deliberately spread additional spying apps to Facebook public groups with pro-Kurd content.”

All in all, researchers identified six profiles as part of the BladeHawk campaign, which

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