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mobile threatsClones and compromised legitimate apps are a concern for mobile users

Cybercriminals continue to attack mobile phones through new and devious tactics, using both malicious clones and legitimate apps as bait.

We’ve stepped into the technologically advanced future that we grew up hearing about for quite some time now and so far it has been great. Unfortunately, the cybercriminal lot is determined to spoil the fun for all of us. After haunting computer machines, primarily Windows computers, for over a decade, they seem to have turned much of their attention to smartphones, the Michael Jackson of technology (oh come on, who doesn’t love the moon-walking King of Pop?). Giving a completely new meaning to communications and entertainment, the cell phones of today leave very little to be desired, except for maybe a force-field to deflect all the malware targeting them. As if the situation wasn’t bad enough already, McAfee Labs has revealed in its quarterly threat assessment that cybercriminals are targeting mobile devices in newer and smarter ways than before. (more…)

McAfee logoMcAfee Labs today published its quarterly report on the latest threat tendencies – review the details to get a generous portion of statistics and nutty facts.

Traditionally, a ‘cold’ summer period, characterized by a relatively poor cybercriminal activity, is nine times out of ten followed by a fall’s wave of devastation that brings new forms of sophisticated threats. With nearly 20 million of new quarantine zone malware exemplars, the third quarter of 2013 is no exception. Apart from nasty PC menaces, a surge of Andriod malware is also observed with 700k new species approximately and a total of almost 2.8ml.

There are 4 threat tendencies to point out, proving that protection technologies desperately need constant improvements and updates without any reference to the user’s status (enterprise or private individual). (more…)

McAfee logoDRAFT: Embargo until 11/20/13, 12:01 a.m. ET

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McAfee
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MCAFEE LABS SEES NEW THREATS SUBVERTING DIGITAL SIGNATURE VALIDATION

Third Quarter Threats Report Identifies Android Malware That Bypasses App Validation as Signed PC Malware Continues to Surge; Bitcoin Popular in Illicit Trade and Cybercrime

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 20, 2013 – McAfee Labs today released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: Third Quarter 2013, which found new efforts to circumvent digital signature app validation on Android-based devices. The McAfee Labs team identified a new family of mobile malware that allows an attacker to bypass the digital signature validation of apps on Android devices, which contributed to a 30 percent increase in Android-based malware. At the same time, traditional malware signed with digital signatures grew by 50 percent to more than 1.5 million samples. Less surprising but no less daunting was a 125 percent increase in spam. (more…)

Banking trojan for Android

Banking trojan for Android

The new banking trojan for Android spread via SMS-phishing.

The company’s specialists McAfee Labs discovered a new Trojan for the bank’s mobile operating system Android, identified by McAfee experts as Android / FakeBankDropper.A and Android / FakeBank.A.

A malicious program that operates mainly in South Korea, the program replaces the legitimate mobile banking provides its customers with local banks.

According to experts, the malware spreads via SMS-phishing. Typically, the mobile device of the victim comes fake an SMS-message, the sender is supposedly the Financial Services Commission. The message contains a request to install a new application on a device to protect against malware.

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