Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Mobile Threat Update Fake Flash App May Targets Android Phones

Early differences between iOS and Android was Flash support: Android had it, Apple ignored it. But it was short lived; even before the most recent version of Android, Flash was all but abandoned.

Still, individuals square measure terribly acquainted with alerts from Adobe to update Flash on their laptop. As F-Secure explained in their tip in the week, this makes it a primary target for attackers making an attempt to trick you into downloading malware.

Fake Flash

A malicious application posing as Adobe Flash Player. "One of the most common social engineering tactics used by Android malware is pretending to be an update for a popular third-party application such as Adobe Flash Player

Though this particular application appears to be in Russian. But it's possible that this fake Flash app is being circulated on third-party Android marketplaces, which don't always have the same protections as Google Play. It's also possible that victims received text messages or emails encouraging them to download the malware.

Info Vacuum
Once on a victim's device, the fake Flash malware starts to gather information from the infected Android.the malware organizes the pilfered data into a locally-stored SQL database. It then sends the data to what appears to be a Russian URL, though the operation could be based elsewhere.

"It also has capability to send SMS messages,Many malware authors uses the SMS sending capabilities of phones to earn money. As we've seen, there's plenty of cash to be made sending spam or sending premium SMS messages that end up on the victim's phone bill.

Staying Safe
Android users should be aware that their phones aren't like their home computers. Apps from Google Play don't require you to download components from outside the official app marketplace. Also, be suspicious of messages prompting you to download any file. A few seconds of skepticism can save you a lot of trouble.

And even though Google Play is far from immune to malware, I'm continuing to advise people to stick to it exclusively. By default, most Android devices will not allow users to install apps from outside Google Play

it's a good idea to install Android security software on your device. Most suites now include a host of features that do far more than defend against malware.

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