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Criminals have a taste for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich.

People with devices using the Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Google’s Android operating systems are popular targets for cyber criminals according to Kaspersky. The security company said in its latest analysis of malware targeting Android, that there had been “a rapid growth” in the number of programs – especially money-stealing Trojans – infecting these operating systems in the third quarter of this year.
Yuri Namestnikov, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab said: “Although Gingerbread was released back in September 2011, due to the segmentation of the Android device market it still remains one of the most popular versions, which, in turn, attracts increased interest from cybercriminals.
“The popularity of the most recent version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich – among virus writers can be explained by the fact that the devices running the latest versions of the OS are more suitable for online activities. Unfortunately, users actively surfing the web often end up on malicious sites.”
Google’s Android OS has always been a popular target for cyber criminals.
The “IT Threat Evolution: Q3 2012” report shows that Gingerbread (Android 2.3.6) accounted for 28 per cent of all blocked attempts to install malware, while Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) accounted for 22 per cent of attempts. More than half of all malware detected on users smartphones turned out to be SMS Trojans. This malware drains money from victims’ mobile accounts by sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers.
Of these programs the OpFake family has become the most widespread – 38.3 per cent of all the malicious programs detected for Android – all of which disguise themselves as the OperaMini browser. The Plangton Trojan family accounted for a fifth of all attacks. The malware collects service data on the phone, sends it to the command server and waits for the cyber criminals’ commands. Specifically, malicious programs in this family can stealthily change bookmarks and the home page.
The third most widespread malware was the FakeInst family, which mimics installers for popular programs (17 per cent). These two types of malware are mostly distributed via so-called alternative app stores created by cyber criminals.


Source : computeractive.co.uk

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