The SpyNote Remote Administration Tool (RAT) is being offered for free on underground hacking forums. This RAT allows the operator to take full control over infected devices.
The SpyNote RAT focusses on the infection of Android devices. This means that once it has successfully infected a device, it will be able to access anything which is stored on the device.
For example; the hacker will be able to get access to your text messages, pictures, videos, contact list, email and much more.
The RAT hides itself as a legitimate Android application and once the malicious application is activated, it will request for permissions – but we all know, that a vast majority will just accept all those permissions in order to get a ‘working’ Android application.
The developer of the SpyNote Remote Administration Tool states that:
The Server is coded in JAVA
The Controller is coded in vb.net
No dependencies, and fully compatible with any Android Version, from Eclair to Nougat and no root access required !
As usual, the developer behind the SpyNote RAT has published a video on Youtube which demonstrates the capabilities of the SpyNote RAT.
Do not simply allow any program to have any permission – be aware of what permissions you allow
Do not download applications outside the official appstore
Install a antivirus application on your Android device
Make sure that you have the latest patches and updates installed on your Android phone (Update your phone!)