The first warnings for mcommerce concerns for Google OS smartphones and tablets released for 2013.
A new and relatively damaging mobile security threat has just been announced in the form of a Trojan virus that can attack Android smartphones and tablets, and device users are being cautioned to make efforts to protect themselves against it in the 2013.
This malware is capable of attacks that involve execution of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).
Little is still known about this mobile security threat, but what has already been understood is that it is also capable of receiving commands and of sending out text messages for advanced efforts in spamming.
Malware threatening the mobile security of Android device users is up 700 percent.
Over the last year, the amount of malware affecting these devices has skyrocketed when compared to the same time last year. The “Android.DDoS.1.origin” may, therefore, not come as a tremendous surprise, but it could be quite harmful to the overall feeling of safety that many smartphone and tablet users have been enjoying, until now.
It is said to be spread through very unassuming ways, through social engineered guises. It pretends to be a legitimate Google app that users are tricked into downloading. Once it has been downloaded and installed, the icon that it creates is suspiciously similar to that of the Google Play app marketplace. That said, launching this app is far different from what the real thing provides.
Once it has been launched, the Command and Control (C&C) server is accessed and it will begin taking part in a number of different activities to which the user is not only unaware, but in which they had no intention of participating.
At the time that this article was written, the mobile security threat hadn’t yet started spreading like wildfire and had not become entirely pervasive. This means that if users make a New Year’s resolution to protect themselves ahead of time, and take care to watch what they are installing in their devices, they may be able to avoid the problem before it happens to them – and could save their friends and family from the problem, as well.
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