Sunday, November 23, 2014   

More malware worms found in mobile apps: research
(06-24 12:25)

Malicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through "cloned'' versions of popular apps, and software weaknesses in legitimate ones, security researchers said Tuesday.
McAfee Labs said in its quarterly threat assessment that weaknesses in app security is becoming a growing problem for owners of mobile devices.
In some cases, cybercriminals can take advantage of the popularity of an app by creating a clone, which can extract personal data or even allow an attack to gain control of the device, AFP reports.
This was the case with "Flappy Birds,'' a mobile game which saw a meteoric rise but was later withdrawn by its creator.
McAfee Labs sampled 300 Flappy Bird clones and found that almost 80 percent contained malware.
"Some of the behavior we found includes making calls without the user's permission; sending, recording, and receiving SMS messages; extracting contact data; and tracking geolocation. In the worst cases, the malware gained root access, which allows uninhibited control of anything on the mobile device including confidential business information,'' the report said.
The McAfee report said some legitimate apps have security flaws which can be exploited by hackers.
The researchers said they discovered an Android trojan "which exploits an encryption method weakness in the popular messaging app WhatsApp'' and then steals conversations and pictures stored on the device.
"Although this vulnerability has now been fixed, we can easily imagine cybercriminals continuing to look for other flaws in this well-known app,'' the report said.   
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