Threats to mobile users have grown quickly in the span of only a few months. Trend Micro’s Mobile App Reputation Service (MARS) has counted 16.6 million malware detections as of August 2016, a 40% leap from detections listed in January. The Android platform continues to be particularly susceptible, with one specific malware family called “DressCode” steadily and stealthily spreading since April before reports about it surfaced in August. This malware gives attackers an avenue into internal networks which compromised devices are connected to—a notable risk if the device is used to connect to company networks.Read More
The location-based, augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm. Released to much fanfare on July 6th, the app has already overtaken the Facebook app in terms of usage on Android devices, and has been reported by Apple to be the most downloaded app ever during its first week of release. Unsurprisingly, scammers and cybercriminals are quick to cash in on its massive popularity, creating malicious versions of the game and related help apps that lock screens and deliver scareware and adware, even a remote access trojan.
We came across another how-to app in Google Play, touting its ability to help players easily earn Pokécoins, the app’s in-game currency (earned via gameplay or purchased with real-world money). It is in fact a scam.Read More
In the first quarter of 2016, Singaporeans were targeted by phone calls that pretended to be from various courier services. These automated phone calls would say that the victim had received a package, and asked them to provide sensitive personal information such as their name, address, National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) number, passport number, and bank account details.Read More
We came across a family of mobile malware called Godless (detected as ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX) that has a set of rooting exploits in its pockets. By having multiple exploits to use, Godless can target virtually any Android device running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or earlier. As of this writing, almost 90% of Android devices run on affected versions. Based on the data gathered from our Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service, malicious apps related to this threat can be found in prominent app stores, including Google Play, and has affected over 850,000 devices worldwide.Read More