This camera phone spyware can harvest your photographs and secretly record you

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(Image credit: ROBIN WORRALL on Unsplash)

Regularly dodging phishing scams and malware has become an unfortunate part of day-to-day life when using a camera phone. Many of us are well versed in the necessary art of avoiding suspicious links and hanging up on overly-friendly callers asking for far too many personal details. 

However, a recently uncovered piece of spyware is so sophisticated that it can even infect a camera phone through a "zero-click" attack. This means that it doesn't require any interaction from the handset's owner, often exploiting vulnerabilities within the camera phone's operating system to do so.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.