Following a news report that Russian investigators have uncovered a hacking campaign where “malware planted on Android mobile devices [was used] to steal from domestic bank customers”, Javvad Malik calls for mobile users to be more aware and to understand the risks associated when accessing information from insecure sites. Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault commented below.
Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault:
“The attack highlights the growing number of attacks against mobiles and the need for users to be increasingly vigilant. Jailbreaking a phone or downloading apps from unofficial app stores increases the possible attack venues.
Similarly, clicking on unsolicited links in email or SMS messages can lead to malware being installed.
Also, users should be wary of what permissions an app is asking for and exercise caution where excessive permissions are being sought such as access to phone book, SMS, phone calls, and such.”