‘Tis the season for gift giving, and who wouldn’t be excited about receiving a brand new mobile device! Before you start loading your new device with various apps, we shared in this post several safe practices to make sure your holidays stay malware-free.
We mobile researchers sometimes classify apps in order to warn users of its presence because of its potential harm, but leave it up to the users’ discretion to remove. This is the case when it comes to a subcategory of PUPs called monitors. Monitoring apps are those that can be great tools if you lose your phone, but could also be easily used to spy on an unsuspecting target.
We found a new piece of mobile malware using Google Talk to make your phone make unwarranted and malicious outgoing calls.
A variant of Android/Trojan.FakeApp is stealing the identities of popular applications (apps) such as TrueCaller and Torque Pro. As soon as the FakeApp is installed a shortcut with an icon stolen from one of these popular apps is created, and a notification pops up. The notification also appears whenever the shortcut icon is clicked.