Windows Phone, Android and jail broken iOS devices are under attack from a complex malware strain

Windows Phone, Android and jail broken iOS devices are under attack from a complex malware strain
A new malware strain, confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, is making the rounds. The equal-opportunity bug is finding its way to handsets powered by Windows Phone and Android. Jail broken Apple iPhone units have also been infected, as have some Android apps running on BlackBerry handsets. The malware, called "Inception-Cloud Atlas" is apparently targeted at business executives, military leaders and diplomats.

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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50 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

On a side note: Snapchat got hacked again lol. Thank god my account didn't.

18. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Snapchat got hacked? f**ks given = 0

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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.

22. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I don't take snapchat/instagram/other bulls**t destroying human minds seriously.

2. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Dont install apps outside Google Play Store , App store , and WP store and you are 100% safe.

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Quite right sir. Common sense rules!

45. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well, you can't without jailbreaking on ios, and WP? Is it even possible? More importantly, does anyone care to do so lol.

47. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Well, not 100% safe, but a lot safer than those who don't!

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

More like Android, Jail broken iOS and WP devices are under attack according to market share.

30. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

how funny ...

5. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

JAILBROKEN iOS DEVICES. I'm getting happily used to Viruses and Malware not applying to any of my hardware. Windows/Android problems.

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Safer. There is currently no way to sideload apps on WP8. It's Windows Store or bust.

23. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

You can NOT hack Windows phone. The closest someone got was just able to add some new accent colors. So Windows phone is much much safer than iOS.

38. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

It is not that it is safer, it is just that even hackers don't give a fùck about it.

44. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windows but not windows phone, pa needs to adjust article just read arstech and kerp reports and it just said windows not windows phone

6. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

well that is horrible. luckily i am not hacked/virused/hijacked/struck on my head! :D

7. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Windows phone is anti malware , can't be malwared or virused ;)

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I don't know about that but I do know you can only get apps through the Windows Store.

34. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Yup that's right just from the store

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

More free advertising for BlackBerry.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes indeed!

9. Dxyuyu unregistered

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

12. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

I always stick with updating through Google play...the play store permissions make no mention of Bluetooth but I'm not sure whether you should be concerned or not

46. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

If it has the right crypto signature it will update. They shouldn't have it unless they have the real app.

11. BBRYy

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

BlackBerry run android apps in a sandbox so this doesn't apply to BlackBerry

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

True. If any of the Android apps that run on a BB10 device ever got infected, the OS would just shut it down, while safely tucked away it's "sandbox".

13. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Don't have to worry too much if you ain't got WhatsApp, so I guess I'm fairly safe.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Romania twice? :)

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