Proving the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished, mobile security company Skycure revealed a proof of concept malware at the RSA cyber security conference this week that attacks Android devices via a technique called “accessibility clickjacking.” The attack has been shown to work on versions of Android up through KitKat placing over half a billion Android devices at risk. Read more
A new round of malware is making its way through Europe after starting by infecting phones in Denmark. The malware, called Mazar, is installed through a malicious text message, and it then routes all internet traffic through a proxy where the malware can capture sensitive information that’s sent and received from the phone. Read more
Google has announced plans to expand its Safe Browsing protection tool to prevent users from clicking annoying fake download buttons online.
Anti-virus and security company Lookout is reporting today that they discovered several apps in the Google Play Store that are part of the Brain Test family of malware. Brain Test attempts to gain root privilege on Android devices and can persist even through factory resets or other measures taken by users to remove it once discovered. Google has already removed 13 new apps that were identified in Lookout’s latest efforts. Read more
A solitaire app in the Play Store has been flagged by Lookout as being member of the FruitSMS malware family.
Android has yet another malware issue, this one being nearly impossible to fix.
Smartphone manufacturer ZTE and antivirus company AVG have announced a new partnership that will ship AVG’s AntiVirus Pro software on all new ZTE phones going forward. The antivirus app will offer its full feature set for 60 days, after which users can pay for an annual subscription or continue using the free version of the software. Read more
The Chrome browser is a most versatile piece of software, one can find an extension to satisfy almost any need via the Chrome Web Store. Because of its rising popularity though, Google was forced to take the step of disabling the side-loading of extensions for Windows users in May of last year. Following on from that, Google has just announced on its blog that from July onwards, both Mac and Windows users will only be able to install extensions for its web browser directly from the official Chrome Web Store.
Google’s crackdown on malware has been working, at least according to them. In a new Android Security Report, Google says that the global rate of malware installs fell by 50 percent in 2014.
According to Google, only 1 percent of all Android devices had a harmful application in 2014. There’s even better news for those that only install applications from the Play Store as that number drops to .15 percent.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any major security exploits in Android, but it looks like another pretty massive security vulnerability has been uncovered by Bluebox Security. The latest exploit takes advantage of Android’s failure to check the authenticity of digital certificates, allowing some apps to gain access to the OS and resources that they otherwise should not have access to. Read more