GFI: 'Smartphone Apps a Battleground for Scammers' - Even Mobile Phones Aren't Safe
Computers are no longer the only victim when it comes to malicious attacks, malware and viruses. Nowadays, mobile users need to stay up on their devices to ensure that the apps they’re downloading aren’t rogue viruses in disguise. GFI Software, an esteemed provider of security solutions, has been a heavy advocator of this, as well, where the company recently revealed new insights suggesting that no device is completely invincible, and that Androids are most vulnerable.
This summer brought about a specific strain of viruses, particularly of the Android variety, surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic games. These viruses attacked phones through specific apps – one disguised as Adobe’s (News - Alert) Mobile Flash Player – which caused hacked devices to send out premium-rate SMS messages to other phones while the adware filched users’ phonebook contacts for ad purposes and sent pop-up ads to others’ screens.
"The past month's examples show that the world of smartphone applications has firmly become a battleground for scammers and malware writers, keen to take advantage of unsuspecting users,” said Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher at GFI Software, according to Computer Active.
"Android antivirus apps can detect many instances of rogue apps; however, anti-virus apps themselves are also being targeted with fake builds. The best thing is to only download apps from the Google Play store. It's not a full proof guarantee of safety, and the Apple (News - Alert) iOS app store, is less vulnerable to rogue apps but at least apps on the Google Play store go through some degree of screening, “he explained.
Stories and headlines like these are good reminders that security should be a top priority, whether you’re focusing on mobile, desktop work stations and even cloud communications.
A new expo, the Cloud4SMB Expo, happening October 2-5 2012 in Austin, Texas, will focus on SMBs, the benefits of cloud computing and how to secure corporate data when dealing with the cloud.
GFI, who contributed to the research on the Android (News - Alert) attacks, is a platinum sponsor of the event, which serves as the first of its kind to specifically target the unique challenges faced by small- to medium-sized businesses looking to leverage the full benefits of cloud computing to establish a competitive advantage.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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