Italy is home to a remarkably bustling smartphone spyware industry. Hacking Team infamously hacked itself in 2015, somehow remains one of the bigger players. But there are others: IPS, Area IT and RCS to name a few. On Tuesday, researchers from Russian firm Kaspersky Lab detailed a fresh Android spyware outbreak they believe came from an Italian vendor. And, with its novel techniques to silently infiltrate Android phones and siphon off WhatsApp messages, they think it’s one of the most advanced forms of malware targeting Google’s operating system ever seen.

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