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Scary New Malware Targets Android Phones, Steals Images, Reconstructs Rooms

•, Geoffrey Ingersoll
 The Technology Review reports that scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., have designed an Android Operating System malware that secretly takes images (muted, so no shutter sound) and logs the orientation of the phone at the time each image is taken. Then, through reverse construction, and image enhancement, the malware recreates whatever room in which you may be standing, including the objects in that room.

The Review stipulates that the technology could even be used to gleen credit card numbers, or serve to provide intelligence for thieves looking to steal certain items, or case living areas from the inside—Or, more likely, to steal secret documents from other unfriendly governments.

From the Review:
[They] call their visual malware PlaceRaider and have created it as an app capable of running in the background of any smartphone using the Android 2.3 operating system. Their idea is that the malware would be embedded in a camera app that the user would download and run, a process that would give the malware the permissions it needs to take photos and send them.

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