Security reports suggests mobile malware writers are almost exclusively focusing on Android.
To the victor belong the spoils, along with everything else that comes with being the most popular kid on the block. In the mobile world, Android is clearly winning in terms of market share, and while that translates into a bigger chunk of the pie, it also means there's a big brightly lit target painted on Android's back for malware writers to take aim at. Whether or not mobile malware is truly a problem to begin with, however, is debatable.
Mobile malware on the Android platform is on the rise.
Remember Symbian? Few people actually care about the mobile platform these days, and that's evidenced by the reduction of mobile malware aimed at Symbian, which dropped from 29 percent in 2011 to 19 percent in 2012, according F-Secure's latest Mobile Threat Report (PDF). Android, on the other hand, is more popular than it's ever been, and as a result, 79 percent of all mobile malware is targeted at Google's open source OS.
It's not just adults who write and distribute Trojans, pre-teen kids are doing it too, AVG says.
I'd like to think that most 11-year-old kids are into video games, comics, collecting baseball cards, watching Cartoon Network, and things of that nature. Hell, I still do most of those as an adult, but what I find hard to fathom is a handful of pre-teen kids are spending their free time writing malicious code. It's true, according to a report by security firm AVG, which notes that the code is usually written using the .NET framework.
Security firm discovers a pair of malicious apps in Google Play that try to exploit Windows' AutoRun feature.
Do you talk to your PC? If so, be careful what secrets you share with your system, you never know who might be listening. We're not being paranoid here, Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a pair of malicious programs in Google Play that are designed to infect PCs, where it then gets busy tapping into the audio system so that it can record the victim. The sound files are then sent to the malware's author. What's the point?
McAfee predicts rapid evolution of cyberthreats in 2013.
If you thought Windows 8 would provide refuge from an increasingly malware infested web, think again. Security firm McAfee has just released its annual Threat Predictions report in which it highlights the top threats it foresees for the coming year, and like it or not, Windows 8 is going to be a major target. Despite improved security in Windows 8, McAfee believes targeted malware will be available faster than it was for Windows 7.
Microsoft Security Essentials has done it again. For the second time since its inception, the free antivirus software from Microsoft finds itself without German security and antivirus research outfit AV-TEST’s seal of approval, having failed in the latest of the firm’s bimonthly certification tests.
Adobe is no stranger to seeing vulnerabilities in its software being targeted in the wild, but it’s not every day that the company comes across malware masquerading as Adobe software using a valid code signing certificate. Adobe recently received not one, but two such malicious utilities, the company revealed Thursday.
While most of us were relaxing over the Labor Day weekend, the folks at McAfee were finishing up the security firm's second quarter Threat Report (PDF) for 2012. In it, McAfee Labs noted a 1.5 million increase in malware since the previously quarter, as well as a number of new threats like mobile "drive-by downloads" and using Twitter to control mobile botnets. All combined, McAfee detected the largest number of malware in four years.
Windows 8, for those of you who don’t know, relies on something called SmartScreen Application Reputation to identify and warn users of potentially dangerous desktop apps. According to Microsoft, the operating system uses SmartScreen, which was previously restricted to Internet Explorer, to conduct “an application reputation check the first time you launch applications that come from the Internet.” With SmartScreen providing an additional layer of security to Windows 8 users, they will have a lot less to worry about, right? Wrong, according to Canadian security researcher Nadim Kobeissi, who has a serious issue with the way the feature works.