Posts Tagged ‘Android Malware’

A newly discovered Android malware dubbed Gooligan, infecting as many as 13,000 devices per day, is hijacking Google accounts to install apps from the Play Store and leave fake reviews. Here’s what you need to know.

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A complex Android banking malware has been discovered which can defeat most voice-based two-factor authentication systems. Here’s what you need to know about it.

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Google has pulled thirteen Android apps from its Play Store, which were found to be doing nasty things like seeking root access, making unauthorized app downloads and leaving bogus app reviews. Check to see if you have installed any of these apps on your Android device.

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A new strain of Android ransomware, which disguises itself as a legitimate application, has been discovered to be utilizing the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) for instant messaging, to receive commands and to communicate remotely with the server that controls the malicious installation.

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Here’s how to check if your Android phone or tablet is vulnerable to the Stagefright bug. Stagefright is a critical Android vulnerability that provides access to a device on the back of a malicious media message being received.

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It’s a familiar story, unfortunately, but once again we’re here to warn Android users that their smartphones and tablets could theoretically be recording video and taking pictures without them knowing, with the output then being uploaded to a remote server without any indication whatsoever.

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A new piece of malware, which is capable of infiltrating various specifications of Android-based devices, has seemingly hit a new low in terms of sheer malice. Once installed, the infected device is abruptly disabled, showing only a pop-up message that demands significant sums of money be parted with by the victim.

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Although Android is, due to its open source nature, seen as a target by many hackers and individuals that wish to steal information for illicit purposes, the Google Play Store is, at least in theory, as safe as most other app portals. After all, it is moderated by Google to ensure that apps comply with the rules and terms of service, and anything suspect is usually disposed of in a swift and timely manner. But one app by the name of Brightest Flashlight, which requires no further description, appears to be keeping users in the dark about how it collects user location data before sending it to third party ad firms.

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It’s well documented that when it comes to mobile malware, Android is by far the biggest target, and as such, many of the big-name security firms have come through with apps and measures to help protect the many millions using Google’s flagship OS. Malwarebytes is the latest to join the fray, having just introduced a rather versatile app that not only looks out for potentially malicious intrusion, but also helps take care of your privacy.

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The month of August is often the time when families come together to go on a relaxing summer holiday. The kids are off school. The students are usually on an extended break from college or university making it the perfect time for relaxation and vacation. However, it seems that not everyone favors this relaxing mentality, with Internet security company Symantec stating that in August alone more than 1,000 fraudulent and potentially malicious apps were uploaded into the Android ecosystem via the Google Play Store.

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Google’s Android firmware may be continually improving in a number of key areas, but one category of constant concern is that of Android malware and general security threats, which seem to be rising just as readily as the platform is. Worryingly, security outfit Trend Micro notes of how the number of malicious apps in existence across the Web has increased to 700,000, with almost 200,000 having manifested in the last quarter alone. With up to 99 percent of devices potentially at risk, the threat is very real, and although users are at least becoming more cautious and aware, it would seem the malware makers are more determined than ever.

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While Android continues to go from strength to strength in offering consumers a better all-round user experience, there are still some noteworthy trade-offs when comparing with the likes of iOS. Malware remains a significant issue on Google’s mobile operating system, and with this week being the week of the Black Hat Security conference, new threats and possible solutions pertaining to Android security have been coming to light. One, outlined by Director of Kindsight Security Labs Kevin McNamee, involves the installation of a malicious app by the name of SpyPhone, which, once it infiltrates your device, can essentially keep tabs on all of your activity.

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