Android attacks on the up says Trend Micro

Company reveals Q2 2011 threat trends, says social networking scams more sophisticated

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Android attacks on the up says Trend Micro Trend Micro has revealed that there are an increasing amount of malware attacks on the Android OS as it becomes more popular.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 12, 2011

Trend Micro has revealed that in Q2 2011 there has been a large increase in Android malware and cloud-computing data breaches. The company has just released its Q2 2011 threat roundup report, which also shows that social networking scams are becoming more sophisticated.

"At the rate cybercriminals are launching attacks, targeted or not, there's just no telling how many more companies and users will succumb to the dangers these pose before the year ends," said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. 

Because of Android OS's increasing popularity, it faced at least three attacks in Q2 and all three attacks stemmed from fake apps or app updates, which tricked users into using them.

Social networking site Facebook featured several attacks in the form of spammed malicious links through various Facebook tools or as "copy-and-paste" scripts, which all led to data theft.

Microsoft was the number one vendor target for exploit attacks, with a total of 96 attacks in Q2 followed by Google and Adobe 65 and 62 attacks respectively.

Apple, which was the top vendor target in Q1 did not feature in the top 10 vendor attacks in Q2, however, Trend Micro says that Apple mobile device exploits are growing steadily. 

In Q2 2011, security firms managed to take down several large data theft and spam networks.

Trend Micro helped takedown the CARBERP command-and-control (C&C) server, which had been stealing personal information from users worldwide since early 2010.

The company said it was also instrumental in blocking malicious URLs throughout Q2.

The US Department of Justice and FBI successfully took down the CoreFlood botnet, while the Japanese Parliament approved the revised Cybercriminal Law, which will start penalising malware writers who create malicious wares without legitimate reasons and/or for the purpose of running these on others' systems without their consent.

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