The year of 2013 was named as The Menace Year mainly because of the rampant CryptoLocker, a nefarious ransomware that encrypts user files and demands for a ransom to be paid in order to decrypt these files. And before CryptoLocker were the unfashionable scareware programs such as FakeAV, which used scare tactics in order to convince the user to purchase the full version of the software. It did not take long before this Windows-based experience was applied to the Android platform. In the middle of 2013, the first representative scareware named... [Read More]
by RSS Dong Xie  |  Jul 14, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Research
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Cabir, the world's first mobile phone malware. To mark this occasion, Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs is taking a stroll down memory lane to examine the evolution and significance of mobile threats during the last 10 years. From Cabir to FakeDefend, the last decade has seen the number of mobile malware explode. In 2013, Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has seen more than 1,300 new malicious applications per day and is currently tracking more than 300 Android malware families and more than 400,000 malicious Android... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Jan 21, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
By now, most are familiar with the concept of phishing , when an attacker baits a victim by sending out a persuasive social engineering message coupled with a malicious link or attachment. And even spear phishing , where the attacker similarly reels in an intended target, only with highly personal information available via social media and Internet searches. But SMShing? Perhaps not surprisingly, the same concept applies to SMS messages. As its name might suggest, SMShing is defined as the act of sending a fraudulent URL or phone number via SMS,... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Aug 14, 2013  |  Filed in: