Researchers at Check Point recently discovered that the operator of a malware tool that breaks into mobile users’ financial accounts was employing a novel new method to sneak its malware into Google’s official Android Play mobile app store. The method involved using Google’s own Firebase platform for command-and-control (C2) communications and using GitHub as a…

We always recommend downloading Android apps from official stores and nowhere else. But that doesn’t mean there are no viruses in the Google Play. It is true, however, that you’ll find fewer of them in the official store than on third-party sites, and they get removed on a regular basis. How Google monitors the security…

Android Malware Hits Victims in 196 Countries

New Android malware hit more than 100,000 users in 196 countries before Google removed it from Google Play — and it continues to steal personal information from users across the globe. Researchers at Trend Micro found ANDROIDOS_MOBSTSPY, spyware that disguised itself as six different Android apps, five of which were removed from Google Play in…

Cryptocurrency mining malware increases 86%

McAfee released its McAfee Labs Threats Report September 2018, examining the growth and trends of new cyber threats in Q2 2018. In the second quarter, they saw the surge in cryptomining malware growth that began in Q4 2017 continue through the first half of 2018. McAfee also saw the continued adaptation of the type of…

Infosec expert viewpoint: Google Play malware

Researchers routinely discover a variety of malicious apps on Google Play, some of which have been downloaded and installed on millions of devices worldwide. Here’s what infosec experts think about the security of Google Play, what they think Google should do better, and what users can do in order to protect themselves from malicious apps…