Posts Tagged ‘McAfee’
Q1 McAfee report details Android malware epidemic
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:40 Written by Ty Abonil Wednesday, 23 May 2012 05:00
In a report released today, security giant McAfee is sounding the alarm over the explosion of mobile malware. The Santa Clara-based firm notes that the emergence of new threats coupled with the ability to “collect, process, and detect” them has resulted in over 8,000 unique instances of mobile malware now being cataloged. The vast majority of the threats (7,000 out of the 8,000) affect Android devices, a fact that will undoubtedly entrench people further into Cupertino or Mountain View camps.
Some additional highlights from the report:
- Over 6,000 new mobile threats found in Q1 compared to a few hundred in Q4 2012
- Most attacks come from and target third-party markets such as China and Russia
- Google Play is, for the most part, unaffected
- Both adware and backdoor malware accounted for significant amounts of new mobile threats identified
Hit the break to learn more about these troubling times.
Over $1 Million Stolen and Steps to Protect Yourself
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:01 Written by StrifeJester Thursday, 15 December 2011 08:01
So between the image and the title are you a little worried yet? Android malware risk quadrupled this year, now it only went from 1% to 4%. Should user be worried about their phones getting infected? With previous scares of malicious apps on Google’s own Android Marketplace and even Google stepping in to remove apps from devices it may be time to seriously consider using a security application on your phone. And don’t think Android is alone in this, the article in story points to Apple as well.
The line between computers and phones are starting to blur. With this comes the threat of what PC users running Windows have had to deal with for years, malware. Symantec, McAfee and Lookout Mobile are three Android security software companies I can think of off the top of my head. Windows users always kind of put up with the malware because it was always explained away whenever an Apple user would comment that they don’t have the problems with a simple explanation. Windows owns the market share, with Android controlling a huge chunk of the mobile market will the same explanation cover it. One thing that I worry about is will this spill over to other flavors of Linux? could we see the same malicious software running on Ubuntu in the future? Lookout Mobile Security has released a threat report available here. It is a long article but it is filled with great information for people of all technical expertise levels.