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MazarBOT: New Android Malware Steals SMSs and Wipes Phones

 March 2, 2016
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A new Android malware, known as MazarBOT, has been discovered in-the-wild and this dangerous sample has the capability to hijack an unsuspecting user’s smartphone. The malware gets into a victim’s phone with an SMS as follows: You have received a multimedia message from +[xx] [xxxxxxxxxx]. Follow the link hxxp://www.mmsforyou[.]Net/mms.apk to...

Latest IT Security News, Updates and Alerts from the Weeks Gone by

 December 7, 2013

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Google Nexus Phone Series may have Trouble from SMS Flood Attacks Reportedly, sending a large number of flash SMSs to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 may cause these phones to reboot or interfere with their network connection. Bombarding any one of these phones with just 30 Flash Messages...

Spam SMS messages on the rise: Quick Heal mobile threat detection numbers

 January 16, 2013

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In September 2012, Quick Heal launched an initiative for mobile users to forward suspicious SMS messages to a predesignated number. We received an impressive response as a lot of mobile users actively forwarded their spam messages and contributed towards this cause. The number to forward any suspicious SMS messages to...

The growing threat of mobile malware: Top Android malware families of 2012

 January 8, 2013

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The open-source nature of the Android platform is its biggest strength and Achilles heel at the same time. Android handsets constituted almost 72% of global smartphone sales in Q3 2012 and 1.3 million Android devices are activated worldwide every single day. This is a staggering market share that Android enjoys...

Latest security news and updates

 December 7, 2012

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Malware exploits Windows AutoRun Strains of malware that spread via the AutoRun feature that automatically launches programs when a USB drive or a disk is inserted into a machine is on the rise today. These kinds of malware exploit a certain bug in the AutoRun software so it is recommended...

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 September 7, 2012

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Quick Heal Mobile Security has been protecting Android and BlackBerry users effectively. However, one of the most persistent threats to mobile devices is the abundance of spam, fraudulent, marketing and other unwanted text messages that people receive. SMS (Short Message Service) messages are the most widespread means of communication for...

The Rising Threat of SMiShing reaches millions of mobile users

 September 6, 2012

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Most of us have had to deal with rampant phishing emails at some point or the other, but the latest social engineering trick targets the device that we carry with us at all times – the mobile phone. SMiShing is an evolutionary form of phishing that uses text messages and...

Phone Text Message Lottery Scam

 November 23, 2011

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It is seen that Advance-Fee Fraud i.e. a confidence trick to earn money is being used by scammers sending phone text (SMS) messages as a means of tricking new victims. These text messages claim that the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in an online lottery as shown...

Malicious QR code used for spreading Android malware

 October 7, 2011

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Android malware writers have found a new and convenient way of delivering malware to users. This method makes use of malicious QR codes. QR (Quick Response) codes are a type of matrix barcode which contains encoded forms of data. They can also be used to store URL information. Most people...

Will new SMS regulations bring down fraudulent SMS scams?

 September 28, 2011

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Mobile users in India are letting out a sigh of relief as unsolicited calls and text messages selling a wide spectrum of things ranging from credit card services to weight loss solutions have significantly come down. This is the first day of this improvement as the TRAI (Telecom regulatory Authority...