In a recent study by NQ, your smartphone could be at risk from a malware infection. According to the study, 58% of young smartphone users from the ages of 13 to 17 have been attacked from 2011 to 2012. The study highlights the top four ways your phone can be attacked: VDloader, DDSpy, Fireleaker or DyPusher.
- VDloader is a malware that is run as a client on an Android device and then requested interaction with a remote server. Generally you get infected via a text message, so be on the look for suspicious texts.
- FireLeaker is malware was disguised as a widget and hidden from view but
- could collect device specific information. You can get this via clicking on a link by browsing or in a text message.
- DDSpy is disguised itself as Gmail and ran silently in the background. It showed no icon and hid itself in the app list, communicating with its command and control server via SMS. This was discovered as a client-side Trojan malware.
- DyPusher is capable of uploading device specific information as well as dynamically downloading files and apps without the user’s consent, thereby causing loss of privacy and potential bill shock.
The Mobile Data Security Study
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