This article is about particularly Uyghurs, the Muslim ethnic minorities, in China.
China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.
The San Francisco-based Lookout discovered that Chinese hacker groups are using four surveillance-ware tools to harvest personal data from Android smartphones.
including Uighur who lives on the China border.
Named SilkBean, DoubleAgent, CarbonSteal and GoldenEagle, these related pieces of malware are previously undocumented. They’re part of larger mAPT (mobile advanced persistent threat) campaigns originating in China and stretching back as far as 2013. While they primarily target the Uighur Muslim ethnic minority, Lookout also found evidence that the campaigns target Tibetans and Muslims outside of China.