Organized criminals targeting individual iPhone, Android users
A well organized criminal group is targeting both iOS and Android users with highly targeted man-in-the-middle attacks, according to a new threat advisory from Akamai Technologies, Inc.
“They have a lot of resources,” said Rod Soto, principal security researcher in the company’s business security unit.
For example, they were able to target a group of individuals congregating in an Asian country based on their communications, and then used man-in-the-middle and social engineering to trick users into installing the Xsser mobile remote access Trojan on their mobile devices.
The activity was first spotted in September.
Soto said he wasn’t allowed to reveal any more information about that particular attack, but did say that the criminal group involved was highly sophisticated.