10-25-12 | Blog Post

Latest Federal Mobile Malware Report

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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), recently released a report on the latest versions of mobile malware to affect Android smartphones.

Two versions of the most recently discovered malware are called Loozfon and FinFisher. Loozfon has been seen in the form of a link in an email about work-at-home opportunities, promising compensation for sending the email. The link in the advertisement allows the malicious application to steal contact information from the user’s phone and address book.

FinFisher is spyware that can be remotely contolled and monitored after installed on the mobile device. Users that click on a certain link or open a text message that appears to be a system update can be exposed to FinFisher.

IC3.gov offers smartphone safety tips:

  • Turn off any features or default settings that aren’t needed and may minimize the attack surface of the device.
  • Check to see if your phone’s operating system has encryption available to protect personal data.
  • Check reviews of applications before downloading to ensure they’re legit. Also carefully read the permissions you’re allowing the application when you download them.
  • In addition to applying a passcode, use the screen lock feature to secure it after a few minutes of inactivity.
  • Don’t connect to unknown wireless networks.
  • Wipe your device before selling or trading it in.
  • Update your smartphone frequently to protect against known security vulnerabilities.
  • Don’t click on or download software or links from unknown sources.

One of the best tips may be to limit risk by storing sensitive data on a secure network, and not directly on a device. If your organization needs to meet compliance requirements, find out what a PCI compliant data center or HIPAA compliant data center should entail.

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