Ransomware attacks have become one the top security threats facing individuals and corporations alike. Although most of these attacks are still aimed at PCs, another popular target has emerged: Android-based mobile devices. According to ransomware experts here at Avast, Android ransomware saw an increase in Q3’17 YoY of 72% and an even higher increase in Q4’17 YoY of 116%, as several high-profile attacks made the rounds.
In parts 1 and 2, we unveiled the top draining apps on Android across the board: the ones that ruin your battery life, hog up your storage or monthly data volume, and the ones that do it all at once. By using data anonymously collected from millions of…
Does your smartphone need an antivirus app? The answer is absolutely yes, and the truth of the matter is that there are a multitude from which to choose. As an aid to consumers, independent testing lab AV-Comparatives periodically assesses security software to evaluate its effectiveness. The lab did such a study recently on Android antivirus products and learned that over half of those tested were “risky,” meaning they were at best buggy and at worst deceptive. Avast, however, received a perfect score of 100% malware detection.
In January, independent IT-security institute AV-TEST conducted a study of twenty mobile security products for Android. The goal was to test the three main pillars of a strong mobile security solution — malware detection, false positive prevention, and performance impact. Avast Mobile Security was evaluated in the study and aced all categories.
In November 2017, we detected a strain of malware known as JSMiner in Google Play. The Monero cryptomining capabilities were discovered inside the gaming application Cooee. At the time of discovery, we forecasted a rise in mobile mining malware as atta…
Lawmakers urge better security for smart devices
The first indication that internet of things (IoT) devices posed a real security threat came in October 2016 when a botnet — made up of devices such as security cameras infected with Mirai malware — attacked Dyn, a provider of DNS services.The attack came in the form of a DDoS (distributed denial of service) assault on Dyn’s servers. By firing off multiple requests every second, the attack took down websites all over the USA and Europe, as DNS servers were overrun with requests from millions of infected devices.
This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) was dominated by news from a handful of smartphone manufacturers:
Chances are that 99% of you reading this are getting a variation of these two messages frequently — or both if you’re unlucky:
Equifax reveals more victims of 2017 breach
The breach at credit-reporting agency Equifax was one of the worst not only of 2017, but of all time.
At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we will be showcasing our mobile security because, as our recent survey proves, the world needs it now more than ever. New levels of cybercrime sophistication are making it almost impossible to identify scams.