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Legitimate Android applications frequently fall victim to hacking, with instances of hackers injecting malicious code into popular software available on the Google Play Store. A recent study conducted by ESET, a cybersecurity firm, has uncovered that the widely utilized application called iRecorder – Screen Recorder has been clandestinely distributing a remote access trojan (RAT) to unsuspecting users, operating covertly and without their awareness.

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The fact that the software was posted to the Play Store in 2021 without any harmful functionality is what makes this story so intriguing. However, starting in August 2022 with the release of version 1.3.8 of iRecorder – Screen Recorder, the software began spreading malware on the highest-quality Android devices. If you have this app loaded on your smartphone, ESET has reported it to Google and they have subsequently deleted it from the Play Store.

Here’s how to use the in-built app on your Android device to record the screen, should you be interested in doing so. You’ll be able to stay away from questionable programs like iRecorder – Screen Recorder this way. ESET’s iRecorder – Screen Recorder software, now known as AhRat, includes a modified version of the free and open-source AhMyth Android Rat.

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If this virus infects a user’s smartphone, it will begin recording audio and send it to a command and control (C&C) server under the control of the attackers. However, malware may also take any data that is stored on the hacked device, including images, movies, documents, and even bookmarks.

According to ESET’s assessment, the malicious actions of the program formerly known as iRecorder – Screen Recorder indicate that it is now participating in an espionage effort. Researchers weren’t able to pin the software on a specific cybercrime organization, though.

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