Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cellphones are more dangerous than ever

"This didn’t happen to old cellphones." This is what your father could say when you tell him that your mobile phone has been infected by a virus. Unfortunately, the connectivity of these devices to the Internet and the proliferation of applications have boosted the number of infections and other types of threats.

According to a report by Cheetah Mobile, 9% of the roughtly 24 million Android apps analyzed contained some kind of malicious code. It is a 20-fold increase over 2 years ago. In addition, another study by mobile app risk management solutions provider Appthority highlights that 99% of the most popular free Android apps have some type of behavior that poses a risk to the privacy or security of organizations. The figures on paid apps substantially go down. On iOS 87% are potentially dangerous, and 78% on Android.

However, when talking about mobile security, Android tends to receive more attention. It is the most widespread mobile OS and, therefore, the most hit by cybercriminals. In fact, McAfee has warned of a new version of Android malware AndroRAT, whose code was put up for sale last year. It has been dubbed SandroRAT and is able to steal SMS messages, contact lists, call logs, browser history, GPS location, etc.

Anyway controversies affecting Android do not always have something to do with security. Some other threats  posed a direct attack to conviviality and social morality. A game called "Bomb Gaza" was published on Google’s app store. The game’s objective is to bomb the Palestinian region - where recently 1,800 people have been killed - avoiding to kill civilians. Google has removed it from Google Play, following bad reviews of user who rated it as "abomination", "inhuman" or "utterly shameful".

After the bad taste left by such a game, we still have to tell you a couple of important news, now unrelated to the mobile world. On the one hand, a bank from Florida called TotalBank has acknowledged that it suffered an unauthorized access to its computer network. The attacker gained access to personal information (names, addresses, account numbers, balances, personal identification numbers...) of 72,500 of its customers. On the other hand, China has banned the use of Symantec and Kaspersky’s security solutions by the nation's massive central government, presumably with the aim of promoting local security industry.

Given all what we've told you, would you be willing to give up the advantages of having a connected phone and go back to a 90’s one to avoid security risks? If you are someone who does not give up technology, but want to use it safely, we invite you to follow us through our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here our blog to keep you informed on all its dangers.


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