In January of 2016, we found various “SmsSecurity” mobile apps that claimed to be from various banks. Since then, we’ve found some new variants of this attack that add new malicious capabilities. These capabilities include: anti-analysis measures, automatic rooting, language detection, and remote access via TeamViewer. In addition, SmsSecurity now cleverly uses the accessibility features of Android to help carry out its routines in a stealthy manner, without interaction from the user.Read More
Users of the TeamViewer remote-access service have been complaining in recent weeks about how their systems have been hacked into, unauthorized purchases made on their cards, their bank accounts emptied. Initially it was believed that this was due to a hack into TeamViewer itself, but the company has denied this. Instead, they have blamed password re-use, especially with millions of old passwords in the wild thanks to disclosed social network breaches.
Others have speculated that malware could be in use somehow, and that may be the case. We have evidence that trojanized TeamViewer installer packages have been used in a spam campaign that resulted in attackers gaining remote access to various systems. While this particular spam campaign used an old version of TeamViewer, we can’t dismiss the possibility of other attacks using newer versions.Read More
65 million: the number of times we’ve blocked mobile threats in 2016. By December 2016, the total number of unique samples of malicious Android apps we’ve collected and analyzed hit the 19.2 million mark—a huge leap from the 10.7 million samples collected in 2015.
Indeed, the ubiquity of mobile devices among individual users and organizations, along with advances in technologies that power them, reflect the exponential proliferation, increasing complexity and expanding capabilities of mobile threats.
While the routines and infection chain of mobile threats are familiar territory, 2016 brought threats with increased diversity, scale, and scope to the mobile landscape. More enterprises felt the brunt of mobile malware as BYOD and company-owned devices become more commonplace, while ransomware became rampant as the mobile user base continued to become a viable target for cybercriminals. More vulnerabilities were also discovered and disclosed, enabling bad guys to broaden their attack vectors, fine-tune their malware, increase their distribution methods, and in particular, invade iOS’s walled garden.Read More
Ransomware has grown into a serious problem that has affected millions of users and netted millions of dollars in profit. The earlier entries in this series discussed the entry vectors of ransomware and their encryption behavior. In this post, we examine ransomware’s use of network communication and the possible solutions to address its effects.Read More
I do not exaggerate when I say that it is only a matter of time before your company has to deal with a targeted attack, if it has not yet. In 2014, we saw many victims grapple with an invisible enemy. A very big and recent example of this is the Sony attack which caused a…Read More