10 Trending Cyberthreat Attacks In 2013


Mobile Spyware Rising

Security vendors have been increasingly labeling freely available Android applications as spyware due to their behavior of uploading SMS messages, call logs and location information to a remote server without informing the device owner. And, McAfee said the threat is increasing. One of the latest attacks detected by McAfee uses a mobile app that masquerades as a legitimate font installer app for Android devices. Another threat pretends to be software for syncing a user's phone.

A recent report by San Francisco-based Lookout Mobile Security tied mobile spyware activity to Russian cybercriminal gangs. An affiliate network has earned some attackers up to $12,000 a month, the firm said.



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