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New Android malware infects your PC, listens to your conversations

by: Ankit BanerjeeFebruary 4, 2013
A new malicious Android app discovered by Kaspersky, called DroidCleaner, downloads a Trojan Horse to your PC and uses the PC mic to listen to you.
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Criminals target those who look for USB drivers for connecting Android phones to PCs

by: Varun RajDecember 10, 2012
No surprise here: cybercriminals are taking advantage of the less informed Android users. The latest trick? Targeting those who search for Windows drivers that would let them connect Android devices to their PCs.
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Bit9 finds over 100,000 “suspicious or questionable” Android apps in Google Play

by: AdrianNovember 4, 2012
According to Bit9, a security solutions provider, there are more than 100,000 Android apps in Google Play that can be defined as “suspicious or questionable”, based on permissions requested, categorization and the publisher’s reputation.
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New version of Play Store app hints at built-in malware scanner and new wish list feature

by: Gary SimsOctober 12, 2012
A new version of the Play Store app has been released and it is starting to roll out to Android owners. Google Play Store 3.9.16 includes the ability to remove apps from the All Apps list. This is particularly useful if you have tried various free apps and choose not to use them. At the moment the All Apps list can become quite cluttered as it remembers every app you downloaded from the beginning of time. However more intriguing is that the contents of the .apk file (that is the application package file, the way apps are bundled up and distributed) contains references to a built-in malware scanner and a wish list feature.
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Avast Mobile Security update: The best just got better

by: Simon HillAugust 21, 2012
If you are looking for a good Android security app then you simply cannot beat Avast Mobile Security. The latest update adds even more features and the app is still free.
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500,000 devices in China infected by SMS payment malware

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 20, 2012
Smartphones are on the rise in China. With a billion mobile phones, a fast-growing proportion of which are smartphones, this mobile ecosystem is ripe for the picking for malicious hackers. According to an assessment from a security company, almost half a million smartphones in the country have been infected by an SMS payment malware coming from Android app marketplaces.
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Kaspersky: Number of malicious Android apps tripled in Q2 2012

by: AdrianAugust 17, 2012
The latest Kaspersky Lab report about Android malware is again sounding the alarm, as if the company’s warning over ZitMo attacks from last week wasn’t enough. According to the Moscow-based security firm, the number of new malicious programs targeting the Android platform has almost tripled during the second fiscal quarter of 2012.
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Jelly Bean security significantly improved to discourage malware attacks

by: Chris SmithJuly 17, 2012

It’s no secret to Android fans that the security of their favorite mobile platform has been often questioned after various malware programs managed to bypass security measures and affect Android devices – quite a few malware-containing apps even made it to the Google Play store. In addition to that, the Android devices themselves were prone to being attacked by smart hackers that knew what to look for in order to trigger malicious actions on the device.

But that doesn’t mean Google hasn’t paid special attention to these exploits. In fact, it looks like Jelly Bean’s security has been significantly improved to prevent future malware [...]

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“Find and Call” spamming app discovered on Android and iOS

by: AdrianJuly 6, 2012

Android’s security issues are well-known, documented and much debated, but even with the introduction of a new “Bouncer” system, the number of malicious apps in Google Play doesn’t seem to be dropping.

The latest malware app to be discovered is called (or rather was called) “Find and Call” and has already been removed from Google Play. What’s interesting is that the spam-sending app managed to make its way to iOS as well, a platform that has been praised as much more secure than Android.

In fact, the discovery of “Find and Call” in Apple’s App Store can be called iOS’ biggest security vulnerability ever, questioning what many thought to be the best designed and [...]

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Kaspersky finds mobile versions of the Zeus trojan posing as fake Android security software

by: Ankit BanerjeeJune 20, 2012

Android’s security concerns have been the primary focus of an on-going debate for a while now. Google has been trying to fend off malicious app developers, with the introduction of a new security system called “Bouncer”, but we have still seen over 5,000 malicious apps already in just the first quarter of 2012.

In what is a further cause for concern, Kaspersky Labs Expert Denis Maslennikov has uncovered a fake Android security application that steals incoming SMS messages from infected devices. In a blog post, he wrote that he discovered at least 6 files that go under the name “Android Security Suite Premium,” but are in fact malicious [...]

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