…or “Just how much Android malware is there anyway?”
Mobile malware can no longer be ignored!
The security industry has an embarrassing problem. For several years it became a matter of course for the big names in security to warn annually that ‘next year’ was to be the year of mobile malware. “Look out“, we said, “mobile malware, it’s coming…“; but it never did. It remained elusively over the threat horizon. In reality, every year since Cabir in 2004 we have saw appearances and developments in mobile malware (originally for Symbian, J2ME and Windows CE) but it simply never reached critical mass or moved beyond the mischievous.
It’s that time of year again; snow thick on the ground, mistletoe in my back pocket, mulled wine to warm your hands and of course security predictions for 2013.
Trend Micro today released Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud, our security predictions for 2013 and beyond. At first glance, the headline prediction may sound surprising; the volume of malicious and high-risk Android apps will hit 1 million in 2013. However, when you consider that our prediction for total Android malware by the end of 2012 has been constantly revised up throughout the year and now stands at over a quarter of a million, maybe it no longer sounds so fanciful. Continue reading →
A serious vulnerability in Skype has come to light. This vulnerability allowed you to take over the Skype account of any other user, armed only with knowledge of their e-mail address.
Proof of concept for the issue was posted in a Russian forum about three months ago and the original poster posted again on a different site just yesterday that the vulnerability was still not fixed. The author also notes that abuse of the vulnerability has been widespread, affecting many users from his own contact list. Continue reading →