AKIPRESS.COM - Two targeted spyware campaigns involving several zero-day exploits for Android, iOS and mobile versions of the Chrome browser were unmasked by researchers from Google on Wednesday, The Record reported.
One campaign targeted people in Italy, Malaysia and Kazakhstan, while the other operated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the researchers said.
Google called the campaigns “distinct, limited and highly targeted.” The company did not specify the source of the spyware in either case, but said the incidents speak to the size of the marketplace for surveillance tools.
“These campaigns are a reminder that the commercial spyware industry continues to thrive. Even smaller surveillance vendors have access to zero-days, and vendors stockpiling and using zero-day vulnerabilities in secret poses a severe risk to the Internet,” Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said.