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News  General
Bag of cash

Russian Malware makes it into the Google Play Store

Mobile security company Lookout are warning Android users there were 32 separate apps on the Google Play Store which contained the hidden "BadNews" malware. When activated, it sent SMS messages to premium text lines which the malware authors, thought to originate in Russia, then collected. It also targeted users in Russia and surrounding countries, according to the BBC

Google has suspended the developer accounts which were used to create and upload the Apps.

There was no identifiable pattern to the types of app infected - they ranged from games and recipies right through to innocent-looking wallpaper apps.

With estimates of up to 9 million downloads, it seems the developers knew it was only a matter of time before being caught - hence this being termed a "digital smash and grab" type operation.

News  Android
Fakealert.4.origin Advert

Ad lures victims to fake anti-virus app

Using on-device ads, a trojan has emerged targetting Android users which is known as "Android.Fakealert.4.origin". 

Windows users are well aware of this trick which has proved very effective over the years, but it's the first time a widespread attack like this has been reported on Android.

Unlike screening malware apps from the Google Play store, ads are a different beast altogether since almost all the free apps available show them as their primary revenue stream. In other words, the "delivery" mechanism itself is nearly impossible to remove.

Initially reported by Antivirus firm Dr Web, it is pointed out it is the advertisements that prompt users to scan their mobile devices for viruses and then lure them into downloading a fake anti-virus for Android - the ads themselves cannot carry the virus automatically into the handset.

News  Android
Detective

One persons malware...

What would you describe some mobile software as if it was installed on a users handset without their knowledge and secretly sent their location, SMS's and listened in to their calls without their knowledge? Most would think they had a virus, but in fact with FlexiSpy that's not the case - or is it? Since 2005, commercial software has been availabe to to exactly that in the form of FlexiSpy.

FlexiSpy runs on all the maior smartphones and claims to be undetectable. Its made by FlexiSpy, Inc of Wilmington, in the US, and counts as its sutomers a wide range of users from individuals suspecting their partners are cheating right through to law enforcement.

News  Windows
Windows smartphones safe from virus attacks - for now

Fewer users make it less of a target

It has long been a criticism of the Windows range of smartphones that there exists fewer apps overall than its larger competitors, let alone ant-virus/security software. Yet this currently being turned on its head by the argument that - as of now - no viruses have been identified which target the platform.

In fact the largest threat to them currently are fake alerts and scams which scare users into revealing personal info - phishing attacks - sent via email in the same way these are sent as ordinary emails to other systems.