Android.Exprespam has infected hundreds of thousands of devices

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Articles, IT Security News
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Android HackedSymantec Corporation announces a new threat Android.Exprespam. Scammers create fake application store for the Android platform in order to obtain personal data.

Experts believe that with the help of this scheme hackers have managed to steal from 75 to 450 thousand records of personal data, and this is just the beginning. Users can protect themselves, without following the suspicious links from unknown senders.

Android.Exprespam malware discovered in early January, and thus it was active only a few weeks, but experts believe that the attackers have managed to achieve some success. Company experts Symantec have data that would indicate how successful the attackers attempt to get users to Android to provide their personal data. Obtained during the investigation, the information, which is the only part of the picture indicates that the fake Android application store, called Android Express’s Play, has collected more than 3,000 visitors from 13 to 20 January.

Based on information from several sources, Symantec experts estimate that hackers allegedly stole from 75,000 to 450,000 records of personal data.


The volumes of the stolen information

This fraudulent scheme so new, so experts believe that this is only the beginning, and amount of information collected by hackers will continue to grow. In support of this assumption, the experts report that found another internet domain, also registered creators Exprespam, which was posted another version of a fake store. This time the attackers decided not to give the store name, as well as not to give the names of those who are engaged in its support. At the moment store is not active, it may indicate that the perpetrators are refining it or save up as a backup, but this site attackers have placed the latest version of the malware.

Attackers are constantly improving tactics in order to increase the profitability of their scams. This activity does not stop as long as they would not be arrested and punished, or until they decide to stop deceiving people, that seems highly unlikely.

Users of Android devices can be safe, just without following links in emails from unknown senders, using as a rule download applications only from known and trusted resources, and installing on your device one of the applications to ensure mobile security such as VIPRE Mobile Security. About acquainted with general tips for users of smartphones and tablets can be on the site on mobile security.

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