The Iranian state has spied on exiled Iranians living in Sweden with the help of a driving license app.

The report on which the accusation is based is written by the tech company Check point software technologies and the digital human rights activists The Miaan group.

- If you install the software, your phone will turn into a spy machine.

It records your conversations, checks where you are, browsing history, steals your text messages, passwords.

Everything, says Amir Rashidi, research manager and head of the Miian group, an organization that offers legal and technical expertise in human rights issues.

The app marketed that the content concerned information about the theory test for taking a driving license.

But in the app there was also a malicious code that in the background takes over your phone and forwards information to servers abroad.

SVT Nyheter has traced the stolen information that in the first stage leads us to France, where the app encrypted sent chat logs, photos and passwords from its Swedish "customers".

How did you come to the conclusion that it is the state that is spying?

- This is no ordinary attack that traditionally targets money.

This app is aimed at very specific individuals.

Ethnic and religious minorities.

No one can have an interest in this except a state, says Amir Rashidi.

"Greater opportunities today"

The Security Police are working quietly on the issue and in their yearbook, Iran is named as one of the three countries that conduct resourceful espionage against Sweden.

One does not want to comment on the individual case, but can state that with Sweden's advanced position in IT, vulnerabilities also come:

- What we have recently pointed out clearly is that this activity has been broadened and deepened.

Anyone who wants to steal information in various ways has greater opportunities today, says Karl Melin, press officer at the Security Police.

How can you protect yourself against this type of attack?

- Everyone has a responsibility to protect themselves and their information so that you can not steal it anyway.

What we usually highlight is to be critical of sources, if you take part in information, click or share, it is also very much about common sense, says Karl Melin.

The app went under the name "Trafikverket.apk" but thus has nothing to do with the authority.

The Swedish Transport Administration takes what happened seriously.

- Regardless of the purpose, we are seriously looking at whether someone should try to use something similar to the Swedish Transport Administration's logo or use our reputation, says the Swedish Transport Administration's press manager Bengt Olsson.

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