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Windows 7: Android malware problem should not be ignored, researchers say

09 Mar 2013   #1
Night Hawk

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Android malware problem should not be ignored, researchers say

Think Windowws is the only OS plagued by bugs? Guess again! Besides Mac and even some Linux variants guess who else has some concerns?(namely Google and their OS)

Android malware problem should not be ignored, researchers say

The security industry has a credibility problem when it comes to mobile malware, but the threat is real, according to one expert

By Lucian Constantin
March 8, 2013 01:18 PM ET

IDG News Service - Recent reports from antivirus companies seem to suggest that the number of Android malware threats is growing. However, there are still many skeptics who say the extent of the problem is exaggerated.

The security industry has an embarrassing credibility issue when it comes to mobile threats, Rik Ferguson, global vice president of security research at antivirus vendor Trend Micro, said Friday in a blog post.

Big industry vendors warned for many years that "next year" mobile malware will truly take off, but the threat never materialized, he said. "Now that the problem is well and truly here -- the last two years have both been called 'the year of mobile malware' at several points -- we have a problem persuading the world at large that we are not crying 'Wolf!' yet again."

One of the arguments commonly brought forward by skeptics is that Android malware mostly exists in third-party app stores that are popular in countries like China or Russia. That's not true, Ferguson said.

Trend Micro's mobile app reputation service has analyzed more than 2 million mobile app samples collected from around the world and 293,091 of them have been classified as outright malicious, Ferguson said.

Almost 69,000 of those were sourced directly from Google Play, which offers around 700,000 apps in total, he said. "It's not just Chinese and Russian app stores."

A further 150,203 apps of the 2 million analyzed by Trend Micro were flagged as high risk and 22% of the 2 million were found to leak device and SIM card identification numbers, as well as users' contact data and telephone numbers.
see two page report

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10 Mar 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Android folks welcome to the real world of mobile devices.
Take a picture of a check from a friend with your cell phone and send it to your bank. Now you have compromised your account and the bad guys have a picture of your friend check with all personnel information and a checking account number.
What else are friends for.
Thanks for the great article Night Hawk.
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10 Mar 2013   #3
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, W10 Preview - Second remote tower Windows 7 Pro x64

I guess some of those so called conveniences can be a real problem at times eh? But again I would guess some should be staying out of the OS business. "oh that dreaded Google litis again!"

The best security measure is never sharing anyone's personal data to begin with by any form of remote means such as taking any snaps and sending it through the air waves or on some social network site where the public can view. People tend to log into those sites as well using hand helds like Android devices if not with an IPad or IPhonie. If the signal is somehow intercepted there goes your paying a bill by wireless with your own account as well as personal data being compromised. "Check or Money order please!"
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