Go slow on mobile apps, they may jeopardize your data

A threat report by McAfee Labs speaks of over 300 malware affecting smart phones everyday

GN Bureau | February 24, 2015


#mobile   #smart phones   #data   #mcafee   #security   #computer  

If you are mobile app crazy, go slow as app providers have been ignoring the most basic secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities and putting your data at risk. More than 380malwares are affecting the smart devices every minute says McAfee Labs Threats Report: February 2015. The security firm has detected potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) on 91 million systems each day.

"The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services," the report says.

It has been reported that the malware samples have grown by 14 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014. Asia and Africa are reportedly registering the highest infection rates.

The security firm sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data.

McAfee Labs tested the 25 most popular apps for vulnerable mobile apps last month. It found that 18 still have not been patched despite public disclosure. The list was prepared by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie Mellon University.

It was found that 18 have still not been patched despite public disclosure, vendor notification, and, in some cases, multiple version updates addressing concerns other than security. The report said most downloaded vulnerable app in this group is a mobile photo editor with between 100 million and 500 million downloads. The app allows users to share photos on several social networks and cloud services.

Comments

 

Other News

NTPC adds highest ever capacity; records highest single day generation

  With commissioning of 800 MW unit at Kudgi in Karnataka, 250 MW unit at Bongaigaon in Assam and 20 MW at Bhadla solar in Rajasthan, the total installed capacity of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) group has reached to 49,943 MW.   The 12th plan cap

Why do we need Aadhaar?

 Aadhaar is arguably one of the most convoluted public policy interventions in India’s history. It has been more than eight years, yet there is little clarity on the exact purpose of the biometric-based unique identification project.  Let me take you through an event which I witne

AAI signs MoU with Daman and Diu admin for maintenance of Diu airport

The airports authority of India (AAI), a Miniratna PSU, has undertaken operation, development and maintenance of Diu airport from Diu administration.    A memorandum of understanding demonstrating the responsibilities was inked on March 20 between the union terri

PSU performance: Better than expected

Central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have done quite well despite facing headwinds, according to the Public Enterprises Survey (2015-16) that was tabled in parliament on March 21. The net worth of all the CPSEs have gone up and the overall net profit has zoomed. Their contribution to the cen

National Health Policy: Old prescription, new date

After much discussion and pondering over for more than two years, the cabinet has approved a new National Health Policy, scrapping the old one which was formulated in 2002. The government aims to increase the public health expenditure to 2.5% of the GDP by 2025. The policy formulated in 2002 aimed

It’s traumatic, says African student

  “We have requested more security from the government of India and the Uttar Pradesh government,” said Abdou Ibrahim, senior adviser, Association of African Students (AASI)  following an attack on four students from Africa in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. &n

Video

यूपी में नकल करने वालों की अब खैर नहीं

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter