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Massive Android botnet invades China: Could India be the next target?

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 January 21, 2013

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A massive Trojan botnet has been discovered in Android devices in China and this serves as a timely reminder of the growing vulnerability of the Android platform. Staggeringly, this botnet has infected more than 1 million Android devices that function in China. The high vulnerability of Android devices in China...

Google Play Store may soon get a built-in malware scanner

 October 15, 2012

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Google intends to release a future update to its Google Play Store that will provide client-side protection from malware present in malicious applications. This malware scanner will analyze an application when a user attempts to install it on an Android device. If there is a known strain of malware present...

Fake Quick Heal Mobile Security application found on Russian website

 August 24, 2012

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In the past we have highlighted numerous fake antivirus applications that are available through unsolicited third-party sources. Installing such apps can turn out to be highly risky and should be actively avoided by Android users. ‘Sideloading’ is the process of installing Android apps from third-party sources other than the Google...

Android malware creates clones of popular apps and tricks victims

 July 23, 2012

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Our malware analysis team has discovered a new social engineering trick used by criminals to target Android users. The attack vector guides the victim to a fake application market (or an untrustworthy third-party source). Once there, the victim downloads clones of popular apps that are cleverly disguised. Once such an...

Thinking of rooting your precious Droid? Here’s why it may not be such a good idea

 May 19, 2012

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The massive popularity of Android smartphones has brought several features and options of the OS to the public domain. One of these options remains the ability to ‘root’ the device. Rooting an Android phone implies gaining (superuser) access to the kernel code of the software and using this access to...

Beware: Hacked websites can now infect your Android smartphone

 May 9, 2012

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Our malware analysis team has discovered a malicious software that targets Android smartphones through hacked websites. This adds further credibility to our predictions about the growing threat of mobile malware. This new malware, known as NotCompatible, gets downloaded automatically when an Android user visits a hacked website. A hidden iframe...