Posts Tagged ‘Rootkit’
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.
Carrier IQ curiosity getting the better of you? Want to know if you have it?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 7 December 2011 01:47 Written by LoganDX Wednesday, 7 December 2011 05:00
The Carrier IQ fracas isn’t dying down anytime soon and if you want to know if you’re “infected” here’s how to find out. There’s a couple different apps in the Android Market for free that will scan your device for the rootkit and notify you. Lookout makes an app named Carrier IQ Detector that I’ve personally used to search for it and there’s another by Bitdefender called Carrier IQ Finder. Both do a good job of looking for the mess and saying “Hey look, here it is!”
Sadly though, there’s not much you can do about it. The only removal options involve that dirty little thing called rooting. A custom ROM will do the trick or Trevor Eckhart’s own removal app will wipe that mean monster out of there. But yes, that does mean you have to root your cell and some people are not comfortable with that. It’s a shame that normal smartphone users are put into this crappy position just to feel more secure. Granted no one is fully sure what data is viewed and stored by carriers and phone makers but the recent spate of lawsuits might finally shed some light on it. Like I said, it isn’t dying down anytime soon.