Security researchers Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, they discovered a hacking attack malware which targets Uyghur Muslims and has managed to trap several senior Tibetan officials and activists.
Citizen Lab's announcement said that some of the targets were specifically maliciously adapted links, through WhatsApp, by people allegedly working for Amnesty International and the New York Times. When users opened the links, they were given full access to their device while being installed spyware and steal sensitive private information.
According to her findings research, the target for the hacking attack was indeed the minority of the Xinjiang State of China, Uyghur. Last month h Google revealed that the campaign is targeting iPhone users, but without revealing cybercriminals. This information has been confirmed and Apple has just released the bug fixes.
Researchers also said that the same group targeting Uyghur and Tibetans used the Android exploits. These exploits were recently revealed and analyzed by the security company Volexity. They were also used to steal text messages, contact lists, and call logs, as well as to watch and listen through the device's camera and microphone.
Many argue that Beijing is behind the hacking attack on ethnic minority groups. THE China has long had rights in Tibet, but there is a portion of the population that still obeys the country's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. It is said that China continues to oppress both the Tibetan people and the Uyghur people.
In the past, China has admitted that it has taken action against the Uyghur. Concerning mass forced detentions to more than one million Chinese, the government claims that these are retraining efforts. This is something that the West does not accept.
Curiously, Apple had already released updates on these vulnerabilities since July of 2018. However, earlier in September at 2019 the same vulnerabilities were found by Google.
The researchers said the code could be similarly installed using the Facebook Messenger and WeChat and QQ messaging applications. From the opponents' point of view, what makes mobile an attractive espionage target is obvious. These devices have data for our lives on-line, so a simple glance can give infinite details.