Mobile Malware Growing on Windows Devices

Monday, September 21, 2015 @ 02:09 PM gHale

Eighty percent of malware infections detected on mobile networks during the first half of this year ended up traced to Windows-based computers, a new report said.

This finding represents a significant change from 2013 and 2014 when the source of mobile network infections split equally between Android and Windows-supported devices, according to the research by Alcatel-Lucent.

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Cybercriminals are quickly taking advantage of opportunities in the mobile ecosystem to spread spyware. Ten of the 25 most prolific threats on smartphones are in the mobile spyware category, and often end up delivered bundled with games and free software.

These sophisticated spyware apps enable the remote tracking of a phone owner’s movements as well as the monitoring of phone calls, text messages, emails and browsing habits.

Adware has also been on the rise, with ads becoming more sinister.

In examining the top 25 threats to mobile devices, Alcatel-Lucent concluded the main threats are:
• Spyphone apps that track calls, text messages, location, email and browsing
• Scareware apps that try to extort money by claiming to have encrypted the phone’s data
• Identity theft apps that steal personal information from the device
• Banking ‘Trojans’ that attempt to steal banking credentials and credit card numbers
• SMS Trojans that make a living by sending text messages to ‘premium’ numbers
• Malicious adware that uses personal information ,without consent, to deliver annoying targeted ads
• A proxy app allowing attackers to anonymously browse the web through an infected phone — at the owner’s expense