Posts Tagged ‘Malware’

Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic

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Amazingly, it might not even be the Chinese government causing it

Security researchers have discovered more examples of pre-installed malware on Android smartphones.

G DATA found that more than two dozen phones from different manufacturers were already compromised straight out of the box.

Kit from manufacturers including Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi have pre-installed espionage functions in the firmware. G DATA suspects that middlemen modified the device software to steal user data and inject their own advertising to earn money.

Other possibilities include unintentional infection through compromised dehttp://www.amlltd.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.phpvices in the supply chain (a problem which affected Vodafone Spain back in 2010) or intentional interference by government spies. Many of the models implicated in the malfeasance sell well in China.

The pre-pwned device issue has become a perennial problem for privacy-conscious smartphone users. Sticking to the Play Store, avoiding dodgy websites and following common-sense security precautions are no help in such cases.

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Ransomware crims earning $1m a year – report

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Monthly campaign would generate $90,000 in revenue and cost only $5,900, Trustwave estimates

Cybercriminals can expect to bank $84,100 (£54,400) in profit from a typical monthly ransomware campaign, according to Trustwave, equivalent to an annual pay packet of just over $1m.

In its latest annual threat report, the security vendor estimated that a large-scale, 30-day ransomware campaign would generate proceeds of $90,000, with an investment of only $5,900 required.

With an estimated return on investment of 1,425 per cent, the spoils of an opportunistic attack can be greater than those from the targeted attacks that have dominated headlines in recent years, Trustwave said.

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

Independent tests of Mac antivirus products have discovered that the effectiveness of these security packages runs from a risible 20 per cent to an unimpeachable 100 per cent.

German security lab AV-TEST.org put 18 free and paid-for Mac OS X security products and services to the test, discovering widely differing performances in the process (results spreadsheet here). Poor performers included Webroot SecureAnywhere (19.7 per cent scan detection), McAfee Internet Security (26.5 per cent) and Trend Micro Titanium (38.5 per cent).

By contrast, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, G Data Antivirus for Mac and Norman Antivirus for Mac aced the test. Avast! Free Antivirus and Sophos Anti-Virus both scored in the high 90s for detection. However another freebie scanner, Avira Free Antivirus, only achieved 68 per cent. Norton Internet Security from Symantec achieved a mediocre 54.7 per cent in the scan test.

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AV-TEST.org’s testing methodology involved installing the security products on identical iMacs that were all connected to the internet, so the products could also use their cloud and reputation services. All the products were updated using the built-in functionality before each of the products was run through its paces with a series of on-demand scans and on-access tests fearing around 115 Mac OS X malware samples. The mixed results surprised the well-established security software testing house.

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