Android Malware Gooligan puts 1 million Google accounts at risk

Android’s battle against malwares is a never ending battle. Android is everywhere and the fact that Android represents over 88% of the entire smartphone market, presents a tempting target for criminals, and the Gooligan malware, a piece of malware that compromises Google accounts, is just the latest attempt to make a buck off the trusting nature of smartphone users.

Revealed today by Check Point Research, ‘Gooligan’ is at large right now and said to have compromised more than a million phones in the last few months, and is continuing to compromise information from 13,000 devices each day. Continue reading “Android Malware Gooligan puts 1 million Google accounts at risk”

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Beware! Fantom ransomware poses as a critical Windows update

Fantom, a recently released ransomware variant, was discovered by malware researcher at security software firm AVG, Jakub Kroustek, who spotted the attackers using the detailed disguise to steal information from Windows PCs.

Windows 10 has been notorious about automatically installing updates on users’ PCs,  it is known fact and recommended by security experts to update operating systems and software in order to keep away from online threats. However, Fantom Ransomware exploits this very idea of updates and thus can be very difficult to detect.

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Brand new DressCode malware discovered in Android apps on the Google Play store

Malwares are generally not taken that seriously by many. Because perhaps they don’t poses a huge security risk when compared to loopholes or security exploits present in the OS. But malwares are a serious issue specially in the android world. Individuals with malicious intent will always target the most popular operating systems, and Android happens to just be the most popular of them all. The Check Point mobile threat prevention research team discovered a new Android malware on Google Play, called “DressCode,” which was embedded into more than 40 apps, and found in more than 400 additional apps on third party app stores.

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The secrets of malware success in the Google Play Store and why Google can’t stop it.

Google’s Android platform has become a larger target for mobile malware writers than Apple iOS. This could be a result of Android’s popularity—with more than 1 million activations per day, Android smartphones command a 59% market share worldwide. However, the relative vulnerability of Android vs. iOS comes down to the level of control the vendors have over products and the marketplace for development and distribution of apps.

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