June 23, 2013

Malware Posing as Anti-virus Software for Android Devices Discovered

Filed under: Information — Hannah @ 3:55 pm

android fakedefenderAndroid phone users would be unhappy to know that a new malware that locks up Android devices is on the loose.

The app, called Android.Fakedefender by Symantec, poses as an anti-virus software then “intentionally misrepresents the security status of a computer and attempts to convince the user to purchase a full version of the software in order to remediate non-existing infections.”

For now, the malware is not that widespread. However, with a ransom app for smartphones now a reality, it’s only a matter of time before this becomes a bigger problem. Perhaps, in the future, malware on phones may be as big an issue as it is on personal computers.

This will mean that consumers will need to choose phones not only based on cosmetics or aesthetics, but will have to be more aware about security features and software that come with the phones they like. And yes, the spread of virus in other technologies (e.g tablets) is very possible indeed.

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