Once downloaded, the programs let operatives use a device's camera and microphone to collect information.
Symantec said the team has been active since at least 2013 and is highly motivated by spying.
A key Obama administration official involved in the Iranian nuclear weapons deal said he may have been the target of a mysterious spy operation.
Alfred Keating was the most senior member of New Zealand's armed forces in the U.S. before his resignation last month.
Facebook: "When you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo-matching technology."
Snooping around could now result in a $133,000 fine or one year behind bars in Saudi Arabia.
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A 2010 lawsuit sought to obtain documents on whether the FBI was using educational and "community outreach" to infiltrate Muslim communities.
A former CIA officer allegedly had the real names of agents and operatives in a notebook found by the FBI in 2012.
Democrats and Republicans banded together to defeat an amendment that would have created new warrant requirements for looking at communications by Americans caught up in a surveillance database.
Authorities reportedly suspect the Russian national of handing state secrets about the country's Navy to the West.
The Russian president has also boasted about thwarting foreign intelligence activities in the past.
The cyber threat to the U.S. from China is mostly one of "rampant" espionage.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to scrutinize the inner workings of the software.
The woman thought to be Earhart isn't facing the camera, but her characteristics match up.
Russia has come up with a digital-age update to traditional spying methods.
U.S. intelligence officials fear a mole exposed CIA spying operations in China, but American embassy employees have been targeted for years.
The 'New York Times' reported that China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012. Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the CIA who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA's covert communications system
"Everybody is going to start second-guessing whether or not they can trust Trump," an analyst tells Newsweek.
The U.S. embassy has said they are worried about the citizen's welfare.
The request comes as some Republican lawmakers, many of whom have stridently defended U.S. surveillance programs in the past, express sudden interest in considering additional privacy safeguards.
Deputy Director Richard Ledgett says the allegations exhibit 'a complete lack of understanding of how the relationship works between the intel community agencies.'