Android Malware Threats Up 99%. Antiviruses for Your Phone
In the first quarter of this year the malware threats targeting Android devices were up 99% percent compared to other mobile malware attacks. As mobile devices popularity increases, so does the malicious programs for mobile devices. In the first quarter of this year the number of new banking Trojans doubled. Kaspersky Labs identified 1,369,942 new mobile device threats in the first quarter of 2014.
Malware detection broken down by type:
- New installation packaged equaled 1,258,436 new threats.
- New mobile devices, malicious programs equaled 110,325 new threats.
- New mobile device banking Trojans equaled 1,182 new threats.
Mobile Banking Trojans And How They Work
Faketoken, the top 20 most often detected banking Trojans steals the mTANs that work with other computer-based banking Trojans. When you enter into an online banking session, the computer-based Trojan on your device, uses a web inject to seed a request to the infected web page. Once they receive the request, a download Android application pops-up on your screen indicating you have to install this application to conduct your secure transactions. What you don’t realize is the request redirected you to the Faketoken. Once you install the necessary application the mobile threats on your Smartphone. Once you install the application on your Smartphone, cyber criminals use the computer-based Trojan to gain access to your bank account. The Faketoken allows the cyber criminals to harvest your mTANs and transfer money to their accounts.
In March 2014 Kaspersky Lab identified, a new banking SMS Trojan. The Trojan-SMS AndroidOS Waller steals money from QIWI wallets on infected phones. The Trojan needs to receive the proper C&C command to send a text message to the QIWI system number. When the QIWI sends the response the Trojan intercepts the response and sends it to the operators. Right now this Trojan only targets Russian users, but can possibly be used in any country where text-managed e-wallet systems are commonly used.
One of the top methods used by cyber criminals to spread mobile malware is through malicious spam. The mobile Trojans steal money from your bank accounts. Cyber criminals rely heavily on social engineering to send the malicious spam texts. The text messages normally contain offers to download apps for your Smartphone or Android devices. The links in the text messages direct you to a website that’s seeded with malicious programs and different offers.
Top 20 Mobile Device Threats
When using the Internet on your Android device or Smartphone be cautious and refrain from clicking on links from unknown senders. Cyber criminals thrive on social engineering and use this technology to steal money from your account. Using any device to connect to the Internet has ricks so, don’t be a victim, by falling into the trap of a cyber criminal. Protect your Android and Smartphone by installing antivirus software and malware diction.
Top Antivirus Software For Mobile Devices
- BullGuard Mobile Security
- Lockout Premium
- McAfee Mobile Security
- Kaspersky Mobile Security
- ESET Mobile Security
- Trend Micro Mobile Security
- F-Secure Mobile Security
- Webroot Secure Anywhere Mobile
- NetQin Mobile Security