Mobile Malware

315,000 new malicious files detected every day: Kaspersky Lab
The overall global Internet threat level grew by 6.9 percentage points, said Kaspersky Lab. In 2013, 41.6% of user computers were attacked at least once.
We need to start defining acceptable mobile advertising
Without oversight, the behaviour of mobile advertising frameworks risks crossing all manner of privacy and security lines, so perhaps it's time to pin down just what is acceptable from mobile advertising, and what we would consider inappropriate, writes John Hawes.
Market dominance of Android comes at a price: Trend Micro
Android's open ecosystem is what smartphone manufacturers, app developers and consumers love, but this comes with a price, Trend Micro said in a statement.
Old malware still threaten in Malaysia, thanks to legacy systems and pirated OSes
The prevalence of pirated versions of Windows XP and legacy systems that prevent operating systems (OS) upgrades has led to a continued rise of the computer worm WIN32/Downadup affecting old platforms, especially unpatched Windows XP systems.
Mobile forensics to be shaped by smartphones, tougher encryption
Rising smartphone adoption, uncertain legislation and tougher encryption are among the trends that are going to define the mobile forensics space in the next 12 months, according to Cellebrite, which provides mobile forensic and data transfer solutions.
Java exploits on the rise, Android malware break out of app stores
A continued rise in exploit-based attacks, particularly against Java, and an increasing sophistication in mobile threats characterised the first half of 2013, according to F-Secure’s new Threat Report H1 2013.
First-ever case of mobile trojan spreading via ‘alien’ botnets
Over the last three months Kaspersky Lab analysts have been investigating how the Obad.a trojan, a malicious app for Android, is being distributed. It transpires that for the first time in the history of mobile cybercrime, a trojan is being spread using botnets controlled by other criminal groups.
It’s a BYOT (bring your own trouble) world: Fortinet report
As more people get mobile devices for both work and play, the amount of mobile malware has gone up and cybercriminals are increasingly targeting slack mobile security policies in the workplace.
New version of Sophos’ free Android security app
Sophos has introduced the latest version of its free Android security app, Sophos Mobile Security 3.0, its full-featured mobile security and antivirus application.
Android ‘Master Key’ vulnerability affects 99% of devices
The new vulnerability in Android phones, codenamed ‘Master Key,’ allows installed apps to be modified without the user being aware, and has existed since version 1.6 of the mobile operating system, according to Trend Micro Inc.
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