BBC News releases malware… on purpose

Cybersecurity Update – Tune in weekdays at 30 minutes past the hour for the latest cybersecurity news on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris (6-10 a.m.) and the DorobekINSIDER with Chris Dorobek (3-7 p.m.). G-Hacks.net reports the malware takes the form of a game, but it actually spies on the smartphone owner. It gathers contacts, text messages and the phones’ location…then sends all the information to a specific email address. The BBC says the malware was built using standard software toolkits, which makes it much harder to spot.

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