GFI Software stated that its newly published VIPRE report for July 2012 revealed that new mobile malware attacks were unleashed recently to exploit mobile consumers’ interest in the official app for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games as well as mobile web browsers such as Firefox and Opera Mini.
The VIPRE Report for July 2012 is a collection of the 10 most prevalent threat detections encountered last month and OpFake and Boxer malware families are now evolving and upping attempts to infect mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
“Mobile malware is a relatively new frontier for cybercriminals, but that does not mean that their attacks are any less sophisticated or dangerous. Many users are not aware of the fact that cybercriminals have created malware specifically for Android (News - Alert) devices and are rushing to download apps before ensuring that they are legitimate”, commented Christopher Boyd, senior threat researcher at GFI Software, in a press release.
The VIPRE report for July 2012 stated that before the start of the Olympic Games, there were certain websites of Russian origins that featured fake London 2012 Official Mobile Game apps which were actually Trojans in disguise. The fake apps cleverly mimicked the Google (News - Alert) Play app market. Victims were also offered a chance to win air tickets to the London Games via a spam mail campaign. Users also encountered a phony version of Firefox for Android exploiting the recent release of the official Web browser on Google Play in June.
Mobile users who were interested in Opera web browsers seemed to have accidently installed the OpFake family of Trojans that tricked them into sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers. The sad part is not many of the victims would realize that it was scam until they receive the monthly mobile phone bill.
GFI claimed that its GFI VIPRE Mobile Security Premium is designed to counter these nefarious threats and deliver the most comprehensive mobile protection applications for Android phones and tablets. Consumers can use their mobile devices freely without having to worry about mobile viruses, identity theft, data loss or unsupervised activity.
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