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McAfee Threats Report: Bet You Didn't Know About These Two

McAfee's Threats Report for the fourth quarter of last year reveals mobile malware numbers, malicious Web site instances and two close-to-home industrial attacks.

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Android Top Malware Target



The fourth quarter of 2011 cemented Android as the largest target for cybercriminals writing mobile malware. Most of the Android malware was for-profit text-sending Trojans, which funneled profits to cybercriminals by hijacking phones and sending messages that cost their owners money. McAfee also found that attackers increasingly repackaged apps that root Android phones so they could install malware that would go undetected in a layer below the operating system.

"Given that more of the world's users will conduct personal and business transactions through mobile devices, the industry faces a tremendous challenge, requiring more cooperation and coordination to keep them safe," Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs, said.

 
 
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