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Kazakhstan Uses Spyware Against Its Own Citizens

In the wake of a protest movement which swept Kazakhstan in January, the Kazakh government deployed a spyware to surveil activists, a cybersecurity research group found.

The program, dubbed Hermit, is functionally similar to the Israeli-made Pegasus program. (Photo: Piqusels, License)The program, dubbed ‘Hermit’ by the Lookout Threat Lab, is functionally similar to the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware, though it is believed to have been designed by the Italian group, RCS labs.

The sample detected is designed specifically for Android devices, though Lookout believes that an IOS version also exists.

“Named after a distinct server path used by the attacker’s command and control (C2), Hermit is a modular surveillanceware that hides its malicious capabilities in packages downloaded after it’s deployed,” Lookout said in their report.

The January protests in Kazakhstan were triggered by the rise of fuel prices and have quickly turned…

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