This week, Check Point revealed that a malware called CopyCat has managed to infect over 14 million Android powered mobile devices across the globe. According to Check Point researchers, the malware’s M.O. was to root handsets and hijack mobile apps in order to generate millions of cash through fraudulent advertising.
According to security firm Check Point, a certain malware called Googlian has apparently already affected over a million Google accounts, and the number of infected accounts is growing by the day. Basically, what this piece of malicious software does is steal the authentication tokens used by handsets and then use them to gain unauthorized access to private and sensitive information stored on Google Play, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, G Suite, and Google Drive, among many other programs. As explained by Check Point via a blog post, Googlian is infecting users at a rate of 13,000 mobile devices each day.
According to a report released by security firm Kryptowire, certain commercial firmware preloaded on a number of Android powered mobile devices released in the United States smartphone market are actually transmitting personal information to a third party in China. The personal information being sent consisted of mobile users’ contacts lists, phone call logs, text messages, data on app usage, and even location information. Perhaps one of the most pressing questions right now is which devices exactly have this firmware preinstalled?
Android mobile users might be glad to know that the crew behind Google’s mobile security has taken the opportunity to roll out an Android update that should fix a couple of security flaws that could potentially put Android handsets at risk if cybercriminals had taken advantage of them. As told by Google to Ars Technica, the first was only designed for the purpose of doing some research, but would have been harmful if modified, plus it was easy to detect and use for malicious purposes.
After experts in web security discovered that an iPhone unit belonging to a prominent Arab activist has been targeted with spyware, Apple has decided to immediately upgrade its iOS mobile operating system. As reported by net security company Lookout and Internet watchdog group Citizen Lab, specially designed spyware can be used in order to exploit a trio of previously unrevealed vulnerabilities in Apple’s OS, collected called Trident.
According to a research team from Check Point, an Israeli security company, they have discovered four new security flaws found in Android powered smartphones and tablet devices that sport a certain Qualcomm processor. And those flaws could let hackers gain full control of that Android handset.
According to Check Point, a manufacturer of cybersecurity software, a Chinese malware called HummingBad has infected at least 10 million Android powered mobile devices across the globe. The software firm has been monitoring the malware since it was first detected back in February of this year. Just recently, Check Point has published an analytical report of the potential damage that HummingBad can cause to devices. For several months, the number of HummingBad infections remained steady but increased significantly in the month of May.
A new malware called Viking Horde has started to infect various devices that run on Google’s Android mobile operating system. According to a research team at Check Point, Viking Horde has already attacked a number of mobile apps at the Google Play store, including Viking Jump, Parrot Copter, Memory Booster, Simple 2048, and WiFi Plus.
So what exactly does happen to Android smartphones and tablet devices that are attacked by Viking Horde? For starters, they become a part of a botnet, a network of handsets that hackers can control, specifically in completing particular tasks without the knowledge and consent of the owners of the devices.
There is a new mobile app that made its debut in Apple’s App Store last weekend, and it has the ability to alert iOS mobile users if the security of their iPhone devices has been compromised. Specifically, the System and Security Info app monitors the iPhone’s central processing unit (CPU), storage, and disk usage, plus a list of all ongoing processes. With regards to security, the app notifies users if their handset has been attacked or invaded by malware and other potentially harmful software.
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