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FBI warns of mobile malware threats

On Friday, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a governmental task force that includes the FBI, issued a warning about mobile malware. (I laughed to myself when I saw that this is a .aspx file! 😉 ) According to CNET News:

“The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices,” the warning said. “Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher.”

The IC3 said that Loozfon lures its victims by sending them e-mails with links promising “a profitable payday just for sending out email,” then embeds itself onto the phone when the link is clicked. This malware steals information from users. FinFisher, on the other hand, is spyware and can take over the components of a smartphone. According to the IC3, this malware is also installed via a bogus e-mail link or text message.

Loozfon is an even bigger threat to Japanese than American users. FinFisher attacks not only Android devices but also devices running iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. A McAfee report last month stated that malware is multiplying at a faster rate now than at any other time in the last four years! Android is the favorite target of cybercriminals, and there is a growing mix of SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware, and destructive Trojans.

The IC3 outlines some tips for users to protect their mobile devices, which include operating system encryption, passcode protection, malware protection, making sure apps are from trusted sources, being aware of apps that geolocate, and avoiding connecting to unknown wireless networks.

In short, the IC3 says, “Use the same precautions on your mobile phone as you would on your computer when using the Internet.”

-Bill at

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