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Beware of new Android malware claiming to be system upgrade

by: Gary SimsApril 12, 2012

New malware, which targets Android users with the offer of a system upgrade, has been discovered. UpdtBot (Update Bot), as it is known, spreads via SMS messages but is really a malicious app which allows the device to be controlled by a remote Command and Control (C&C) server to send text messages, make phone calls, and download and install apps.

The unsuspecting victims receive a SMS message which tells them that their system is at risk and they should install the latest Android update. But the link provided isn’t for a new firmware update but in fact for a malicious app. The problem with text messages is that they are very common place and have a high read rate [...]

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More devious Android malware discovered

by: Gary SimsApril 9, 2012

Two recent bits of research have unearthed some nasty malware that target Android devices. The first is a variant of the DroidKungFu malware which uses known Android exploits to root the victim’s device and install itself without the user knowing. The second, known as TigerBot, differs from “traditional” malware in that it is controlled via SMS rather than from a command & control (C&C) server on the Internet. Both pieces of malware are most prevalent on alternative markets, which again underlines the need for caution when going outside of Google Play or the Amazon Appstore.

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Discovered in the middle of last year, the original [...]

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3 ways your Android phone is vulnerable to hackers and how to defend yourself

by: Gary SimsMarch 23, 2012

The increasing pervasiveness of mobile devices means that they are being actively targeted by cyber criminals and malware writers. Security companies are seeing lots of activity in this area, and Android is firmly fixed as the largest target of malware peddlers. The result is that Android phones are vulnerable to attack, but nevertheless, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Most Android vulnerabilities can be managed and attacks avoided.

Here is a list of three ways your Android phone is vulnerable and what you can do about it.

1. Text Messaging

Text messages are ubiquitous and have a high read rate among users. They also have a high trust factor, with [...]

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Android malware steals bank credentials – Is mobile banking safe?

by: Ankit BanerjeeMarch 17, 2012

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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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Worried about your privacy? New ad-network detectors surface in Play Store

by: Mike AndriciMarch 14, 2012

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 looking for a way to stop ads from taking over control of their Android device, without installing an Android [...]

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Report Uncovers Fake Android AntiVirus Apps

by: Mike AndriciMarch 6, 2012

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 to the point where “uneducated” Android [...]

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Largest Android Malware Campaign Discovered

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 28, 2012

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. There aren’t rebundled apps, as we’ve [...]

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How to Report Suspicious Apps in the Android Market

by: Alvin YbañezJanuary 24, 2012

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 [...]

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How To Cleanse Your Android Device of DroidDream

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

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 of security program installed. In fact, Lookout runs completely in the background while still providing expert [...]

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5 Simple Ways to Guard Against Android Hackers

by: Edmund ApostolAugust 29, 2011

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 does slip up occasionally but you can at least count on them to clean up [...]

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