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Growing Threat Of Mobile Malware

Kaspersky Lab UK : 28 May, 2012  (Technical Article)
Kaspersky Lab comments on the rise of fake Android apps and the growing costs associated with mobile malware
Following the news that a fake Android apps scam has cost users £28,000, David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab makes the following comments:

“This development highlights a growing danger – the threat from mobile malware.  Kaspersky Lab saw the same number of mobile threats in 2011 alone as we had seen in the previous six years.  In March 2012 alone we analysed more than 2,500 threats – and the overall total now exceeds 12,500.

“The mobile threat landscape is dominated by malware designed to run on Android – 65 per cent of all threats are aimed at this platform.  The platform is popular, it’s easy to write apps for it and it’s easy to distribute them via Google Play – so it’s little wonder that cybercriminals are making use of Google Play, where malware masquerades as a legitimate app.

“SMS Trojans, of the sort mentioned in the report, are currently the biggest category of mobile malware.  And it’s important to understand that it’s not just a problem in Russia or China.  Cybercriminals seek to make money from them across the globe, including here in the UK.

“Everyone should be cautious when downloading apps.  Clearly it’s safer to download apps from a trusted site like Google Play. But should still pay close attention to the permissions requested by an app when you install it.  If it asks for permission to send/receive messages, but this doesn’t match the functionality of the app, don’t install it. You should also protect your device with a mobile anti-virus product.
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