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Mobile banking has been steadily gaining popularity, as more and more consumers get access to smartphones with internet capabilities. Today, almost every major financial institution in the world provides their account holders with easy-to-use net and mobile banking systems. But, as with every other good thing out there, malicious intent is never far around the corner. Security concerns related to the use of mobile banking applications have been recently brought to the forefront. The latest Android malware found in the wild is proving to be one of the most dangerous. A new piece of malware was discovered by security researchers at…

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Ads integrated into free Android apps are a necessary evil, as app developers need to live off something after all, even if they do offer the fruits of their labor for free on Google Play Store. At the opposite pole of an imaginary moral compass are the ads that show up in any other place than the app itself (such as ads in the notification bar, or even unwanted ad-related icons on the home screen), and ads that access your personal information to provide targeting information to advertisers. Surprisingly, up until a couple of weeks ago, Android users who were…

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A month ago, we were unpleasantly surprised to learn that a report from Juniper Networks Mobile Threat Center showed a 3,325 percent increase in Android malware over 2011. According to the report, Android malware samples increased from 11,138 in 2010 to 28,472 in 2011. And if that wasn’t enough bad news for you, a recent report from digital security firm F-Secure shows how Android malware is now dominating the mobile malware scene, as it overtook both Symbian malware and Pocket PC malware. As malware popped out, we’ve seen the Android Market being populated with more and more anti-malware apps, up…

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If you downloaded something off the Android Market today, there is a chance that you are one of the 5 million users who have been duped by the largest-ever Android malware campaign. Symantec has dubbed this as the ‘Android.Counterclank’ and was found on 13 infected apps created by three different publishers. The titles of these infected apps include ‘Counter Strike Ground Force’ and ‘Sexy Girls Puzzle.’ Unfortunately of these infected apps were still found available on the market as of 3pm Friday. In an interview, Symantec’s Security Response Team Director, Kevin Haley said: “They don’t appear to be real publishers….

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Everyone believes the Android platform is more secure compared to other mobile platforms such as Windows Phone or Symbian.  However, hackers can still find their way to penetrate a platform’s sturdy wall. Recently, a Trojan horse virus, which appeared as “harmless media player,” was discovered by a group of developers. Phones infected with this virus started sending spam messages to other mobile phone users. The DroidDream malware also hit a number of apps in the Android Market. These malware programs or viruses bring devastating effects, such as recording phone calls, stealing information, accessing confidential information, and making unauthorized purchases through…

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Google recently took more than 50 apps out of the Android Market. They did this because the apps were found to contain the Android malware DroidDream. As you could have guessed, malware is not good for your device. Just like a virus on your computer, malware is very dangerous and can do crazy things to your brand spanking new Android device. However, if you have Lookout Mobile Security or any of the other best security/antivirus apps installed on your device, chances are the malware will never make it on to your device. It is always a good idea to have some sort…

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If you’ve been keeping up with our posts, you know that the Android platform, just like any other operating system, is not 100% bulletproof when it comes to hacking. And with the increasing adoption of the Android OS among phone users, it’s become quite a large and lucrative target for malicious hackers everywhere. But how do you protect yourself against these threats? You just need to be informed, be attentive, and use the right tools. 1. Download from trusted sources. Despite earlier events such as the DroidDream debacle, the Android Market is still the main source for Android apps. Google…

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Malware’s a pain in the ass. Everyone knows it and tries to avoid. Still, it’s called malware for a reason – and the people behind it are pretty cunning in their efforts to infect your devices. Take for example the latest piece of malware that has surfaced. Called GGTracker, it enters your device by the simple trick of fooling you into thinking that its the Android Market. Take a look at the picture below: How it operates is this: if you ever click on a malicious in-app advertisement, your browser will open to the URL above, hoping to fool you…

An article at Internet Storm Center published yesterday warns of  Malware on the HTC Hagic. Panda Security came across the infection when one of their employees baught a brand new Vodafone Android device and plugged it into their Windows based computer. Analysis of the malware revealed that it was a Mariposa bot client. In a blog post at Panda Security, researcher Pedro Bustamante said, “Here is yet another example of a company distributing malware to its userbase. Unfortunately it probably won’t be the last”. Bustamante noted that when a colleague/friend of his hooked up the Vodafone HTC Magic to her…

An application has recently been removing from the Android market place because it is suspected of attempting to capture banking details from customers of the First Tech Credit Union without the owner’s knowledge. This information has already been reported on FTCU website, but some damage may have already been done. On the surface, the application in question did appear to look genuine. There are legitimate applications just like it that are useful utilities “for managing accounts on Android-based mobile devices”. However, a developer going by the name of Droid09 may have used the application to gather online banking details of…