Hackers Hunting On Smartphones
Written by Ct R. Hamith   
Thursday, 21 April 2011 05:04
HACKERS are following prey onto smartphones and social networking hotspots, according to reports released last week by a pair of computer security firms.

Cyber criminals are also ramping up sophistication and frequency of attacks on business and government networks, one of the companies, Symantec, said in the latest volume of its Internet Security Threat Report.

Symantec depicted a “massive” volume of more than 286 new computer threats on the internet last year, continued growth in attacks at online social networks and “a notable shift in focus” by hackers to mobile devices.

“The major mobile platforms are finally becoming ubiquitous enough to garner the attention of attackers,” Symantec said its findings.

Last month, smartphones running on Google-backed Android software were the target of the largest attack ever on the devices, noted a PandaLabs report focused on the first three months of this year.

“This assault was launched from malicious applications on Android Market, the official app store for the operating system.”

Within a four-day span, seemingly legitimate Android smartphone applications rigged with malicious Trojan computer code were downloaded more than 50,000 times, according to PandaLabs.

The Trojan steals personal information from the cellphones, and downloads and installs other apps without user’s knowledge, the computer security firm said.

The Symantec report indicated that cyber crooks were also infiltrating news-feed capabilities at popular social networking services to “mass-distribute” attacks. Such tactics typically involve getting into one person’s account at a social network and then sending others links to websites booby-trapped with malicious computer code.

“Social network platforms continue to grow un popularity has, not surprisingly, attracted a large volume of malware,” Symantec said.

PandaLabs researchers logged an average of 73,190 new snippets of malicious computer code daily during the first three months of this year in what was said to be a 26% jump from the same period in 2010.

Hackers showed a strong prediction for a kind of malicious code used to mine bank account data and, ultimately, get into people’s accounts, the computer security firm indicated.

China, Thailand and Taiwan had the highest rates of infection, with nearly 70% of the computers in  those countries “riddled with malware,” according to PanLabs. AFP-Relaxnews

-April 13, 2011 – The Sun


Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2011 06:47 )

Did You Know

arrow Identity theft is the top consumer complaint in the USA according to the Federal Trade Commission.

arrow US consumers reported fraud loss totalling more than $1.1 billion in 2006.

arrow Credit card fraud (25%) was the most common form of reported identity theft in the US in 2006.

arrow More than 100 000 people are affected by identity theft each year in the UK

arrow According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, more than 350 data loss incidents involving more than 140 million records have occurred since February 2005

arrow Organisations are obliged by law to take take adequate steps to ensure the proper disposal of data

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