Posted by: David Harley | February 2, 2016

Quick Heal: more Attacks on Android Users

Sanjay Katkar, CTO at Quick Heal, writes for Help Net Security that Android users on high alert as malware, phishing and scams are projected to rise. His premise is based on an impressive growth in Android malware samples, families, and family variants.

He draws our attention to a number of factors:

  • The very high proportion of adware noted in those samples
  • A CAPTCHA avoidance flaw in Google Play
  • A flaw in the Gmail Android app making email address spoofing very simple
  • Potential risks from smartwatches and other IoT devices

Perhaps the real issue, though, is not that in general Android users are probably not on high alert for malware, but probably should be. Although Google would probably disagree. As will, probably, a small flurry of Android fanbois rushing to tell me that iOS is much more insecure than Android. I’m staying out of that one…

David Harley

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