News  Android
News  Android

Larger market share means bigger payoff for malware

It's the Windows/PC story all over again.

During the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC statistics, the Google OS Android recorded a year-over-year rise of 145 percent in market share. Furthermore, Juniper in its whitepaper “Banking Anytime Anywhere” estimates that in 2013, the number of users accessing banking services from their smartphones will rise to 530 million. According to the same study, in 2011, there were only 300 million individuals who accessed banks from their phones.

Not only an exponential growth of mobile malware, but the fact that malware is becoming more complex, thus expanding the range of malicious actions they perform on an infected device makes it the main concern for security community in 2013. Going further, ESET highlights another trend: the malware propagation by means of removable storage devices is decreasing globally in favour of the use of an intermediary in order to attract new victims. Simply speaking, instead of compromising system through infected flash drives and other removable media, bad guys compromise web servers to host malware and then send out the hyperlinks leading the users to the malware.

News  Android
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PC malware has special trick for Android users

Malware has been spotted in the wild which targets Android device owners looking to connect and modify their smartphones and tablets. They use searches for phrases like “Windows Android drivers” and everything in between to serve up malware for Windows computers as well as malware for Android devices distributed via fake Google Play stores.

One such Yahoo search result is for the Samsung Galaxy GIO. The fear is that it's very likely the malware creators are targeting more than just one device on more than just one search engine. Nevertheless, visiting the offending URL returned automatically downloads a file called install.exe, detected by GFI as as Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT.