The occurrence of mobile malware increased by 155 percent across all platforms in 2011, and, according to Juniper Network’s 2011 Mobile Threat Report, malware specifically targeting the Android operating system saw its own increase of more than 3,000 percent.
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A newly discovered malicious application circulating on third party Android markets in China has created a botnet that contains more than 100,000 compromised devices, researchers report.
Members of an online hacking group that calls itself SwaggSec say they hacked systems belonging to Chinese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn and made off with login credentials belonging to some of the company’s biggest clients. Foxconn has declined to comment.
After a researcher discovered that any person who decides to download the Path app onto their mobile device is unknowingly sending their address book to a server belonging to the social network and photo-sharing service without prior notification, the company has released a new version of the app that asks people to opt in to that behavior.
Researchers in China published a trove of information on previously unknown (zero day) vulnerabilities in popular applications for Google’s Android mobile operating system on Wednesday, including mobile browsers and at least one mobile wallet application.
Google has released an initial beta of Chrome for Android devices, and the new mobile browser includes a full set of security and privacy functions. The new mobile version of Chrome has the sandbox functionality that has been so important in the desktop browser, as well as a strict permission model for mobile apps.
Scammers are using the super-popular Temple Run game for iOS as bait to lure Android users into installing a phony version of the game on their phones. The incident comes amid reports of an explosion in traffic to mobile Web pages and application stores.
After a couple of years of seeing headlines announcing a steady stream of pieces of malware and trojaned apps appearing the Android Market, Google finally has taken steps to find and remove malicious apps from the market automatically. The company has unveiled a service called Bouncer that scans apps and looks for known malware as well as potentially malicious behavior.
A new report finds that the ‘bad guys’ are winning, and that most nations are ill-prepared for crippling cyber attacks.