Hundreds of millions of Android device owners are at risk of becoming victims of cyber espionage. Experts found a spy module in many applications. Moreover, users have downloaded programs infected by it more than 421 million times. SpinOk software module, which is capable of spying on users, appears in various Android games and applications, including those available on Google Play. SpinOk sends technical data about the infected device, including information from sensors.
In addition, the code is able to receive files, see and change the contents of the clipboard on devices. All this allows attackers to gain access to confidential information and files from the user’s device. Doctor Web specialists found out that the Trojan module and its modifications are contained in 101 applications distributed through the Google Play catalog.
There are several signs that can indicate that an Android app is spying on a user. The user should be wary if the application requires access to a large amount of personal information. The content of malware is also indicated by incomprehensible or inadequate functionality that does not correspond to the declared one.