viernes, 1 de abril de 2016

Android Malware two times more than 2015, Says Trend Micro

Smartphone security is the new concern as cases of Android malware were reported to have increased in 2015 as compared to 2014, said a new report which warned that, in 2016, more hacks on smart technologies could result in fatal privacy injury.

The annual security report from security software company Trend Micro Inc. also noted that the increase in Android malware is owing to the energetic adoption of smart technologies.

"Android's 'MediaServer' component took a lot of hits in 2015. Vulnerabilities identified in the component can be exploited to perform attacks employing arbitrary code execution. Such attacks could force a device's system to go on endless reboot, draining its battery," Trend Micro said in a statement.

The hacks can render Android devices silent and unable to make calls due to unresponsive screens, constant rebooting, making the device totally useless.

Some other Android vulnerabilities incorporate the susceptibility of the Android debugger Debuggered that can expose a device's memory content.

The Samsung SwiftKey Keyboard vulnerability had a pre-loaded malicious code masquerading as special language packs that put over 600 million Samsung Galaxy-series phones at risk.

With the emergence of vulnerabilities like iOS Quicksand and AirDrop, even Apple's phones took some hits in 2015. These proved that iOS users could potentially be hit with malware.

Although there are no existent solutions designed to protect Internet of Things (IoT), the report proposed that in order to maintain devices protected from attacks, developers need to be able to push regular updates and patches to close off any holes attackers can exploit.


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