Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

  1. #1
    HEXUS.admin
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    28,790
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1,863 times in 636 posts

    News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    75 per cent of mobile malware now targeting Android OS.
    Read more.

  2. #2
    Super Nerd
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    1,785
    Thanks
    22
    Thanked
    105 times in 72 posts

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    It's the age old problem Microsoft have with Windows - whoever has the largest market share will get the largest share of hacks/exploits/malware unless they can make perfect security - which nobody can. Even Apple's tightly walled garden can be torn down with simple exploits used in jailbreaking.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kingdom of Fife (Scotland)
    Posts
    4,991
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked
    220 times in 190 posts
    • crossy's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Sabertooth X99
      • CPU:
      • Intel 5830k / Noctua NH-D15
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 850Pro NVMe, 1TB Samsung 850EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate SSHD, 2TB WD Green, 8TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix GTX970OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX750 (modular)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster HAF932 (with wheels)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04LTS
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG Flattron W2361V
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Can't say I'm particularly surprised that a company that sells anti-virus products for phones should be producing a report showing that mobile OS malware is on the increase. Presumably with a nice link to F-Secure Mobile Security's web page at the end of the report?

    Less than impressed with the advice to 'stick to the official app stores' as it's pretty obvious/common-sense advice. Heck, it's been said before - you need to go out of your way on Android to use other app stores!

    Quick thing on F-Secure's product - not only does it appear to only support old OS revisions, (e.g. doesn't support Android 2.3 that's been out for many, many months), but at £29.95/year it's expensive. AVG's "Pro" version is only £6.30 (purchase, not annual subscription) and McAfee's and Symantec's equivalents are £24.99 and £29.99 per year respectively.

    Career status: still enjoying my new career in DevOps, but it's keeping me busy...

  4. #4
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    5 times in 3 posts
    • alfabet0's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus V gene
      • CPU:
      • Intel core i5-3570k
      • Memory:
      • Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 830 256gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 780
      • PSU:
      • Antec HCP-750 GB High Current Pro
      • Case:
      • Silverstone FT02B-W
      • Operating System:
      • WIN 7
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2711
      • Internet:
      • Broadband 50kb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    What is the general consensus on the Samsung app store is it safe or a gamble?

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kingdom of Fife (Scotland)
    Posts
    4,991
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked
    220 times in 190 posts
    • crossy's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Sabertooth X99
      • CPU:
      • Intel 5830k / Noctua NH-D15
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 850Pro NVMe, 1TB Samsung 850EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate SSHD, 2TB WD Green, 8TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix GTX970OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX750 (modular)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster HAF932 (with wheels)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04LTS
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG Flattron W2361V
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Quote Originally Posted by alfabet0 View Post
    What is the general consensus on the Samsung app store is it safe or a gamble?
    Same deal as with the app stores that some of the telecom's companies run.

    Not that I'm claiming any kind of expertise but the "Security 101 - Lesson 1" for Android was that if you have that "Allow unknown sources" ticked then you need to be careful.

    So getting back to SamsungApps - personally I would have thought that (arguably) safer than Google Play. There's going to be a lot fewer apps on there, so I would have thought that Samsung's quality control should squelch any nasty apps.

    Nearest I can get to that app store is the stuff punted by the "TegraZone" on my tablet - although in that case TZ seems to be a front to Play. Is SamsungApps a front end like TZ, or is it a proper standalone app store like the Amazon one is - or at least will be when they get around to launching it in the UK!

    Career status: still enjoying my new career in DevOps, but it's keeping me busy...

  6. #6
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    96
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    7 times in 7 posts
    • Malphas's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P7P55D
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core i5 750
      • Memory:
      • Corsair Dominator 16GB (4x4GB)
      • Storage:
      • Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB and a bunch of hard drives
      • Graphics card(s):
      • GTX 660
      • PSU:
      • Enermax MODU82+ 625W
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-6B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 (64 bit)
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung SyncMaster 2232BW
      • Internet:
      • 24Mbps ADSL

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Of course this is to be expected since Android is to smartphones what Windows is to PCs. Ubiquitous, on a wide variety of different hardware, multiple different versions all running simultaneously within the ecosystem, etc.

  7. #7
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    63
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    5 times in 3 posts
    • alfabet0's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Maximus V gene
      • CPU:
      • Intel core i5-3570k
      • Memory:
      • Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3
      • Storage:
      • Samsung 830 256gb
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GTX 780
      • PSU:
      • Antec HCP-750 GB High Current Pro
      • Case:
      • Silverstone FT02B-W
      • Operating System:
      • WIN 7
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2711
      • Internet:
      • Broadband 50kb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Thanks crossy wasn't expecting such an intelligent/informed reply some of it was above my understanding :-)
    I've also been holding out for the UK Amazon app store to open, not knocking the play store put as an ex iOS user I find the google play store to be a mess third party apps with the charts seemingly static with the same app's at the top for months on end at prices I'd rather spend on steam PC games.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kingdom of Fife (Scotland)
    Posts
    4,991
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked
    220 times in 190 posts
    • crossy's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Sabertooth X99
      • CPU:
      • Intel 5830k / Noctua NH-D15
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 850Pro NVMe, 1TB Samsung 850EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate SSHD, 2TB WD Green, 8TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix GTX970OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX750 (modular)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster HAF932 (with wheels)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04LTS
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG Flattron W2361V
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Quote Originally Posted by alfabet0 View Post
    Thanks crossy wasn't expecting such an intelligent/informed reply some of it was above my understanding :-)
    You're very welcome - my apologies that some of my reply was "rocket science". Funnily enough, my employer also is getting into this, on the company intranet this week was the following article (edited to remove some company-specific info):
    A new piece of malware called DFKBootKit now is making the rounds on Android devices. This malware repackages legitimate applications with malicious code. DFKBootKit can be found on applications that manage other installed apps or those that unlock games or premium apps requiring a fee.

    Typical apps this malware is known to target include ROM Manager, ES File Manager, and illegal versions of game unlockers and license keys that often are downloaded from pirate-content sites. Once installed, the malware connects to remote control servers and awaits commands from attackers.

    Most mobile anti-malware applications are not sufficient to free your phone from malware. To protect personal and company data on your Android device, consider the following mitigation steps:

    o Download applications only from trusted sources (i.e., Google Play Marketplace, Amazon App Store, etc.)
    o Closely monitor permissions requested when installing applications. Make sure applications are not asking for more permissions than they should need.
    o Stay current on active threats by regularly checking Threat Advisories.
    o Ensure your mobile devices are compliant with the Security Requirements.

    As always, thank you for making cyber security a priority.
    Note that they're not saying that ROM Manager, ES File Manager are trojans (I hope not because I've got the latter of those on my tablet!!), merely that if you get them off of an untrusted source then it's highly likely that they've been "extended".

    There was an earlier article that basically said that - unless you know what you're doing, and are very, very sure that the source is legitimate - you should NEVER allow untrusted sources and never install an apk (app install kit) that you've downloaded from the internet.
    Quote Originally Posted by alfabet0 View Post
    I've also been holding out for the UK Amazon app store to open, not knocking the play store put as an ex iOS user I find the google play store to be a mess third party apps with the charts seemingly static with the same app's at the top for months on end at prices I'd rather spend on steam PC games.
    Google Play IS a mess - no argument. It always amuses me that a company that prides itself in organising and searching information can deliver such a disorganised, barely searchable mess. Some times its actually easier to use the web version of the store (play.google.com) and push out an app to your phone. I've not seen the highly-priced gear you're talking about though - the most I've spent was £20 and that was for the CoPilot Live sat-nav app (Google Maps is fine ... until you go outside the data coverage area!). Hopefully Amazon's app store will be a bit easier to use - let's be honest with their track record, it darned well should be!

    Career status: still enjoying my new career in DevOps, but it's keeping me busy...

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    1,894
    Thanks
    92
    Thanked
    84 times in 64 posts
    • miniyazz's system
      • CPU:
      • Acer Aspire 8920G
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Optoma HD700X projector @ c. 90"
      • Internet:
      • Really, really ****

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Precaching helps with Google Maps. Only takes a couple of minutes to cover any areas you may be needing Sat Nav to cover. Not ideal, but better than not having it.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kingdom of Fife (Scotland)
    Posts
    4,991
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked
    220 times in 190 posts
    • crossy's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Sabertooth X99
      • CPU:
      • Intel 5830k / Noctua NH-D15
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 850Pro NVMe, 1TB Samsung 850EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate SSHD, 2TB WD Green, 8TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix GTX970OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX750 (modular)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster HAF932 (with wheels)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04LTS
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG Flattron W2361V
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb

    Re: News - Android most attractive target for mobile malware writers

    Quote Originally Posted by miniyazz View Post
    Precaching helps with Google Maps. Only takes a couple of minutes to cover any areas you may be needing Sat Nav to cover. Not ideal, but better than not having it.
    As you say, better than not having it at all. CoPilot stores it's maps locally, so okay it's a big app (but easy to move to a nice large uSD card) but on the other hand as long as you've got battery power and GPS is cooperating then you're good to go.

    Google Maps is pretty good on the whole, and if I could rely on a (data) signal from Three then I'd probably not need CoPilot. On the other hand, it'll be CoPilot I use as sat-nav when I go to the States.

    Career status: still enjoying my new career in DevOps, but it's keeping me busy...

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •