Windows Phone, Android and jail broken iOS devices are under attack from a complex malware strain
posted by Alan F. / Dec 12, 2014, 1:21 PM
The size and complexity of the malware suggests that it was created with the help of a government, according to reports released this week. The party behind the malware has gone to a great deal of deception to prevent anyone from learning who is behind the attacks. What is known, is that stolen data is being stored on free accounts belonging to Swiss cloud storage service CloudMe. Infected Android users have their incoming and outgoing calls recorded to MP4 files that are uploaded to those behind the attacks.
The malware is disguised as an update for messaging app WhatsApp, so your best bet is to avoid updating WhatsApp on your phone unless it comes directly from the Windows Phone Store, the Google Play Store or the App Store. Even if you're not a high-ranking military leader, or a business executive, you should take some time to make sure that you have some safeguards in place. If you're an Android user, do not install apps from untrusted sources. And iOS users might want to think twice about jailbreaking their iPhone.
According to a couple of reports on the subject, the top five targeted countries for this malware include Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, India, and the Czech Republic. Other countries in the crosshairs are Romania, Venezuela, Mozambique, Paraguay, Romania, and Turkey. Even if you are living outside of these hot spots, it always is wise to make sure you implicitly trust the source of every application you download and install on your device.
source: KasperskyLabs, BlueCoat via ArsTechnica, RedmondPie
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On a side note: Snapchat got hacked again lol. Thank god my account didn't.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 1:31 PM 0
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Snapchat got hacked? f**ks given = 0
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 2:57 PM 4
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You sure? Because you did reply to my comment. Because accounts that were hacked spread a link to a website that showed nudes of women. The website was a virus though. About 10 people I know got hacked.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 3:09 PM 1
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Dont install apps outside Google Play Store , App store , and WP store and you are 100% safe.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 1:33 PM 12
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More like Android, Jail broken iOS and WP devices are under attack according to market share.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 1:45 PM 1
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JAILBROKEN iOS DEVICES. I'm getting happily used to Viruses and Malware not applying to any of my hardware. Windows/Android problems.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 1:53 PM 2
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IIS is much more susceptible to attacks than WP, if for no other reason than market percentage... WP is AT LEAST as safe as iOS.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 2:47 PM 1
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Probably true but don’t you think that applies to other product too. If you are making malware / viruses you would go after the biggest used platforms so you would go after Android for cell phones and Windows home computers
posted on Dec 13, 2014, 11:28 AM 0
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Windows phone is anti malware , can't be malwared or virused ;)
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 1:57 PM 5
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I don't know about that but I do know you can only get apps through the Windows Store.
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 3:16 PM 1
They sent me an updated directly through whatsapp (Not Google play) should i be worried? Please reply New permission is to connect to Bluetooth devices
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 2:06 PM 1
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BlackBerry run android apps in a sandbox so this doesn't apply to BlackBerry
posted on Dec 12, 2014, 2:29 PM 1
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