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NotCompatible...Android Malware...Is Super Sophisticated


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#1 buddy215

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 02:14 PM

BBC News - 'Sophisticated' Android malware hits phones

 

QUOTE:  Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk.

Mobile security firm Lookout said the virus, called NotCompatible, was the most sophisticated it had seen.

The cyberthieves behind it had recently rewritten its core code to make it harder to defeat, it said.

 

.........Phones infected with NotCompatible were enrolled into a network that is now being rented out to any crime group that needs a ready source of Android users.

Mr Linden said compromised phones had been used in a variety of scams including sending spam, attacking Wordpress blogs and buying tickets for popular events in bulk that would then be resold at a significant profit.

"This is the most technically sophisticated threat we are facing and it's the most worrying to us," said Mr Linden.

NotCompatible is being spread via spam and websites seeded with booby-trapped downloads, he said and urged Android users to be wary of any app that required a security update to be installed before it was run..............

 

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 01:13 PM

Mr Linden said compromised phones had been used in a variety of scams including sending spam, attacking Wordpress blogs...

 

Strong indicator that we should avoid wordpress. :P


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

This can be avoided by blocking installs of apps outside the Playstore in the Security settings?



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 05:57 PM

Much safer for sure if you gets only from the Play Store. The article mentions 'booby trapped downloads". If this is referring to

getting malware by just visiting a site...driveby attack...then you need to block scripts in order not to be infected. Using

NoScript in Firefox and one of the script blockers in Google Chrome should protect against driveby downloads of malware.

 

Read more about malware and Play Store Report: 97% Of Mobile Malware Is On Android. This Is The Easy Way You Stay Safe - Forbes

 

QUOTE: .........From a statistical viewpoint researcher and security specialist F-Secure got them right. Android does account for 97% of all mobile malware, but it comes from small, unregulated third party app stores predominantly in the Middle East and Asia. By contrast the percentage of apps carrying malware on Google’s official Play Store was found to be just 0.1% and F-Secure acknowledges rigorous checks mean “malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.”

If you want to stay safe on Android there’s the solution: stick to buying apps on the Play Store and every one in 1000 apps you buy may have had malware for a brief period.......

 

Read the entire Forbes article in link above.


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Posted 01 December 2014 - 02:28 AM

I think my Xperia got driveby'd the other days visiting a built in Telstra news site... keeps sending me off to some random page that my AV stops.

 

Lucky it doesn't have a shred of personal information, other than my phone numbers.

 

Reset time.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 04:11 AM

 

I think my Xperia got driveby'd the other days visiting a built in Telstra news site...

Slightly off topic

 

Who uses a firewall on their Phone and if not why not.






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