Malware alert! On Friday the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning alerting users about malware targeting the Android OS. The notice cites two types of malware that seem to be spreading rapidly:
1) Loozfon: A piece of malware that steals the user’s private information.
2) Finfisher: A spyware that can take over the mobile device and remotely control and monitor it despite location.
Attacks can come masquerading as an email, website, or system update. The IC3 notice cites several safety tips for protecting your mobile device. One in particular mentions the mobile apps themselves:
“With the growth of the application market for mobile devices, users should look at the reviews of the developer/company who published the application.
Be aware of applications that enable Geo-location. The application will track the user’s location anywhere. This application can be used for marketing, but can be used by malicious actors raising concerns of assisting a possible stalker and/or burglaries.”
When the FBI starts warning users of malware – that is a big red flag that Android app developers need to hone in on security testing. The more dev teams can security test and patch up their Android mobile app, the safer their apps will be from malware attacks on their users.
How do you keep your mobile device safe from malware? Share your best practices in the comments section.