‘Operation Triangulation’ Malware Strikes iOS Devices Worldwide
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has taken a significant step in the battle against a new form of malware called ‘Triangulation’ that specifically targets Apple iPhones and other iOS devices. Discovered within their own network, Kaspersky detected infections across their global premises, dating back to at least 2019.
Operating under the campaign name ‘Operation Triangulation,’ this malware utilizes an undisclosed zero-day exploit in Apple’s iMessage platform, enabling it to execute code without user interaction or elevated privileges. Once infiltrated, the malware proceeds to download additional malicious payloads to the compromised device, allowing for further command execution and data collection.
What’s particularly concerning is the apparent connection between the ‘Triangulation’ malware and the Russian intelligence and security service known as the FSB. According to Kaspersky, high-ranking government officials and foreign diplomats have fallen victim to this insidious campaign.
The Triangle iOS Scanner
Initially, Kaspersky provided manual instructions on how to check iOS device backups for signs of compromise using their Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT). However, they have now released a more user-friendly solution—a sophisticated automated scanner called Triangle. This powerful tool is available for both Windows and Linux operating systems.
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Typically, malware campaigns like “Operation Triangulation” are aimed at specific individuals or organizations rather than the general public. However, Kaspersky’s Triangle tool can provide valuable assistance to those in critical roles within important organizations, individuals at higher risk of state-sponsored espionage, and employees of companies or services acting as information hubs.
While the exact origins and orchestrators of Operation Triangulation remain unknown, the campaign’s targeting scope and victimology have yet to be determined, heightening the need for vigilance and proactive measures to safeguard iOS devices.
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