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Anyone with $25 can hijack your phone or computer

Anyone with $25 can hijack your phone or computer
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Last week, we let you know about the arrests being made for users of DroidJack, a spyware app for Android phones. But now there is another piece of software that is spying on Windows and Mac users too.

It's called OmniRat and (like DroidJack) if it's installed on your device, it spies on you. It records everything you type, all of your Internet browsing and online conversations, even your usernames and passwords.

What's frightening is that OmniRat software is available for sale online with a price tag of only $25. That's a huge difference compared to DroidJack, which costs around $210. This is one of the reasons why OmniRat is such a large threat. It's easily accessible, and affordable.

The software is described as a "remote administration tool," making it difficult for officials to crack down on the developers. There are many legitimate uses for the software. It's only threatening when in the wrong hands. And, unfortunately, there's no way to control that.

When the software is used by hackers to spy on unsuspecting victims, it is considered a "Remote Access Trojan." Often times, it's the user who downloads the malicious code accidentally. Their device may be compromised, and they won't even know it.

 

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