Trend Micro Releases Security Roundup Report for Q3 2012

           Trend Micro Releases Security Roundup Report for Q3 2012

Android Under Siege: Malware targeting Android users increased nearly six-fold
during the three months ending September. "Aggressive Adware" key element in
Android privacy attacks.

PR Newswire

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --High-risk and dangerous
applications targeting users of Google's Android platform increased from
nearly 30,000 in June to almost 175,000 in September, according to the
security roundup report for the third quarter of 2012 released today by the
global cloud security leader Trend Micro Incorporated.

The fact that only 20 percent of Android device owners use a security app does
not help. Users need to understand what permissions apps seek, before
approving them and unintentionally sharing sensitive information.

While some apps are clearly criminal – such as those that secretly purchase
premium smartphone services – others are more of a privacy threat. These
include "Aggressive Adware" apps that collect more personal information than
the user has authorized. App developers may even be aware of the problem,
thanks to the existence of rogue ad networks.

Though most adware is designed to collect user information, a fine line exists
between collecting data for simple advertising use and violating one's
privacy. Because adware normally collect user information for legitimate
purposes, they can serve as an effective means to gather more data than some
would want to give out.

"It's actually no surprise that we see such a huge increase in mobile
malware. Android is the dominant smartphone platform with an amazing success
story. The digital underground reads the statistics and analysts reports as
well, and they figured out way to make money with mobile malware. And unlike
your computer, getting information from your phone also reveals your location,
the phone numbers you have called – and more – all stuff which could be sold.
Our report digs deep into mobile malware, a must read!" said Raimund Genes,
CTO, Trend Micro.

Notable trends in Q3 2012:

  oDangerous zero-day exploits targeting Java and Internet Explorer (IE) were
    found. The IE vulnerability was used in an advanced persistent threat
    (APT) campaign.
  oZeroAccess malware, sometimes found on peer-to-peer (P2P) sharing sites,
    were the top infector in the computing public this quarter. The old
    DOWNAD/ Conficker worm came a close second.
  oPayPal attracted the most phishermen while Linkedin topped the list of
    chosen Blackhole Exploit Kit targets.
  oSee that spam? It likely arrived via Saudi Arabia (or India).
  oCorporations and governments were still viable APT targets. Lurid and
    Nitro APT campaign improvements were also noted.
  oSocial media threats and privacy concerns lived on.

Supporting assets:

"The Growing Threat of Mobile Malware"

"US 2012 Election Apps May Lead to Data Disclosure"

"More Adware and PLANKTON Variants Seen in App Stores"

"Apps As Browers: Can You Trust Your Mobile Apps"

"Only 20% of Android Mobile Device Users Have a Security App Installed"

"Blackhole 2.0 Beta Tests In The Wild?"

The Report is available @

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