08/16/2011, One of the favorite methods to trick folks into installing a particular piece of malware is to disguise it as software – especially when it is software that developers know is “hot” in the market – case in point, this piece of malware that masquerades as the Google+ app. This piece of malware was discovered by the team at Trend Micro, where it is known as ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C. Capable of answering […]
08/09/2011, If you own a blog, whether it be for personal or professional use, chances are you are probably running in on WordPress, a popular platform for both personal and professional blogs/websites. It appears that there is a new form of malware for the platform that has affected over 4,000 WordPress sites, as discovered by Russian research Denis Sinegubko.
08/02/2011, Lookout, a mobile security company, has issued a report that illustrates the rise of applications infected by malware (programs built with a malicious intent) on mobile platforms. I was particularly interested by how “pirates” can sneak malicious code in apps that were originally legitimate. The graph above shows that a malicious that instead of creating a bogus application from scratch, pirates have adapted to using popular and legitimate applications has […]
07/12/2011, Earlier we had reported about new Android malware that was spotted in the Android Market over the weekend. Now when it comes to malware on smartphones, Android seems to be getting the worst of it, and this is not to say that iOS devices are immune to malware, because they’re not.
07/12/2011, Android users, it appears that over the weekend, more Android malware has made its way to the Android Market. Given the frequency of malware popping up for Android, we really shouldn’t be surprised. The infected apps have already been taken off the market by Google, although we hope that Google will start being more proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to these issues.
07/01/2011, AVG has just issued new warning to all Skype users, informing them about the recent rise in Vishing attacks. In case you were wondering what “Vishing” was (don’t worry, I was too before I read the warning), it is a new form of attack that’s been plaguing users of the popular VoIP service. It is basically a voice variation of the common phishing scam.
06/21/2011, It sure looks like the need for an anti-virus/malware app for Android phones is ever increasing. Lookout Mobile Security has just posted on their blog a new type of Android malware they’ve discovered recently. Dubbed GGTracker, this malicious app takes the form of an in-app advertisement instead of hiding out in the Android Market. When clicked, it will direct the user to a web page that looks like the Android […]
06/21/2011, We all know that Facebook is already a bad idea if you plan to keep your life away from the prying eyes of people, both strangers and friends. With a network of over 500 million active users – there is a high chance of your account being hit by spam or malware that was inadvertently downloaded by someone in your social network. While many of us know the consequences of […]
06/13/2011, It seems that the malware battle is just starting with no sight of it ending anytime soon, where Google is working to hard to remove more malware-infected applications from its Android Market. June 5th saw Google remove another 10 apps from the market not too long after Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, sent a report of his findings to the Internet search […]
06/06/2011, The Android operating system for tablets as well as smartphones might be an open platform, and along with it comes its own set of pros and cons – where the latter would include malware. Just under a week saw Google remove more than a couple of dozen applications from the Android Market simply because they were infected with the malware known as “DroidDreamLight“. It seems that that bad dream is […]
06/02/2011, The advent of computers have also opened up a door to the world of viruses and malware, and the disturbing trend has also spread over to smartphones with a bunch of malware-encumbered applications making their way to the Android Market earlier this year. Good thing Google managed to deploy its kill switch before there was widespread damage, but it has not stopped the bad guys, so to speak, with a […]
06/01/2011, When the Mac Defender malware first arrived on the block, it caused quite an uproar. When Apple announced that they would be fixing it, a new variation of it popped up, called Mac Guard and could install itself without users having to input their administrator password. Apple then released the OS X security update that solved the problem once and for all… or so we thought. The hackers behind the […]
05/31/2011, As smartphones start to be become as popular as desktop computers, so do the malware used to that attack such platforms. The latest one to hit the Android platform is simply known as BaseBridge. The malware is found in infected copies of popular Android apps like QQ Doudizhu, Voice SMS, Drag Racing, Trader, Donkey Jump, Jungle Monkey, and Gold Minor and many more. It can be easily embedded into other […]
05/27/2011, As Mac OS becomes more popular among consumers, another myth is crashing in slow motion: “Macs don’t get malwares and viruses”, and “Mac OS is virus-proof”. Obviously, no OS is anything-proof and for years, Mac users have enjoyed a quiet computer-security life. But they were off the target-list simply because it was not worth the hackers time to target a “market” that was about very small at the time. Today […]