Android app with 100 million users spread malware

However, a recent influx of negative reviews pointed to problems with the app’s user experience which prompted Kaspersky to investigate the software …

Google has pulled the popular CamScanner app from its Play Store after it was discovered that it was spreading malware.

Kaspersky discovered that the app – which was installed more than 100 million times – contained an advertising library with a malicious dropper component.

The component was detected as “Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Necro.n” and was designed to download and launch a payload from malicious servers.

CamScanner was a popular app among Android users which allowed them to scan documents with their smartphone camera and save the content to a PDF document.

The app had 1.8 million reviews, most of which were positive. However, a recent influx of negative reviews pointed to problems with the app’s user experience which prompted Kaspersky to investigate the software.

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The Latin America Antivirus Software market attained USD 340.0 million in … According to a report published by Kaspersky labs, exploits for android …

The Latin America Antivirus Software market attained USD 340.0 million in 2018 in terms of revenues and is anticipated to grow in the future owing to the rising number of cyber-attacks. Increasing awareness of the importance of cyber security amongst the individual and enterprises will drive the Latin America antivirus software market. Although Latin America region accounts for only a small percentage of global cybercrime, the rise in internet usage has led to the corresponding cyber-attacks in the region.

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The report provides a detailed evaluation of competition with global as well as local vendor company profiles. Antivirus software is one of the most frequently used software to detect and stop malicious and unwanted files. Computer viruses range from relatively simple crime attacks to spyware that spy on users and data and can be quickly upgraded to cyber weapons with the touch of a button. With new priorities for industry and increased safety demand, more than just other tools, technologies, solutions or best practices are necessary.

Viruses and malware are created and distributed throughout the internet every day. Antivirus software must be continuously updated to ensure efficiency and maximum protection. Today, most antivirus providers offer a free offer to home users. It puts them onto the computer and allows them to sell their more premium product offerings. Latin America antivirus market research report covers several qualitative aspects in market drivers, market constraints and the main industry trends of antivirus industry.

In 2018, the Latin America antivirus market attained almost USD 340.0 million in revenues and in the forecast period, the market is expected to rise with a steady growth. Due to overall rise in the cybercrimes in the region, and with increasing smartphone penetration in the Latin America region, the market for antivirus software is on a rise with various global as well as local vendors look for business opportunities in this region.

The market research report on antivirus software analyzes market demand and the scenario between 2015 and 2025. The report shows historical trends between 2015 and 2018 and the market forecast between 2019 and 2025. The report analyzes the current state and future market prospects at the global and national level. The Latin America market for antivirus software is segmented by the type and application.

The vast number of important information passed from various computers worldwide has resulted in an increase in risk from viruses, trojans, malware, spyware and other digital threats. Computer literacy and intelligent browsing practices form a major defense against cyber criminals, but many antivirus solutions have been developed to protect individuals and companies from cyber threats.

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Antivirus Software is a program to prevent PCs and data from being destroyed by viruses. It works as background scanning process to detect and limit the spread of malware by computers, servers or mobile devices. Scanning specific files, enable the user to plan on time scans, notify about the updates are the few fundamental functions of anti-virus software.

The strength and effectiveness of the protection offered by antivirus products is not solely determined by the quality, but also by the target audience of the antivirus product. The target audience for antivirus software consumers can be divided into four main groups: home users, SMEs, governments, and large companies. When dealing with home or individual users, attackers are interested in maximizing infected users and are therefore less concerned with the application of advanced techniques and more focused on using simple techniques that can produce quick results for a large number of home users.

In addition to their benefits, smartphones also have all of the problems personal computers face like data exfiltration via virus, malware and spyware infection. According to a report published by Kaspersky labs, exploits for android showed a 6% year-on-year increase, accounting for 27% of all exploits in 2017. In Brazil, the mobile phone segment is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 4.7%, while for Mexico, it is anticipated be around 5.2% during the forecast period of 2019 to 2025.

Some of the key players in the Latin America antivirus software market are McAfee, Inc., AVAST Software a.s., ESET, Bitdefender, Malwarebytes, Kaspersky lab, Cylance Inc., Symantec Corporation, Webroot Software, Inc., and Safer-Networking Ltd.

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Application Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)

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  • Enterprise

Device Overview, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)

  • Laptops
  • Desktops
  • Mobile Phones & Tablets

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  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Rest of Latin America

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Password stealing malware attacks spike 60%: Kaspersky

Password stealing malware attacks spike 60%: Kaspersky … This malicious type of software grabs data directly from users” web browsers using …
Password stealing malware attacks spike 60%: Kaspersky

New Delhi, July 25 The use of malware designed to harvest consumers digital data, known as password stealers, grew 60 per cent in the first half of 2019, affecting a large number of users in India, showed data from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

Most frequently, the malware has targeted users in India, Brazil, Germany, Russia and the US. The number of users, targeted by the stealers, peaked from less than 600,000 in the first half of 2018 to over 940,000 during the same period this year, showed the findings.

Password Stealing Ware (PSW) is a major weapon in the cybercriminals” toolkit to sabotage users” privacy.

This malicious type of software grabs data directly from users” web browsers using various methods.

Quite often, this information is sensitive and includes access details for online accounts as well as financial information – like saved passwords, autofill data and saved payment card details.

In addition, some families of this type of malware are designed to steal browser cookies, user files from a specific location (for example, a user”s desktop) as well as app files, such as messenger services.

“Modern consumers are increasingly active online and understandably rely on the Internet to carry out many tasks in their daily lives. This fills their digital profiles with more and more data and details and makes them a lucrative target for criminals as they could be monetized in numerous ways afterwards,” Alexander Eremin, security researcher at Kaspersky, said in a statement.

One of the most widely spread Stealer Trojans was multifunctional Azorult, detected on the computers of more than 25 per cent of all users who encountered Trojan-PSW type malware in the examined period.

The researchers cautioned users against sharing passwords or personal information with friends or family as they could unwittingly make them vulnerable to malware.

Users should also not post them on forums or social media channels.

Always install updates and product patches to ensure protection from the latest malware and threats, Kaspersky recommended.


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds.

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Google removes multiple apps used for stalking from Play Store

Several companies that develop antivirus software like Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Lookout, and Symantec have also begun to step-up their efforts to …

Google recently took down several people tracking Android apps from the Play Store. Avast found seven Android apps designed to allow anyone to stalk kids, partners, employees, and other Android users without their permission or knowledge.

Google took down the apps after Avast, a security firm known for its antivirus software, discovered that they were primarily developed to enable stalking. Google stated it prohibits commercial spyware apps, encouraging users to report applications that breach policy.

Avast reported that a stalker would need to have physical access to the target’s phone to install the app. Once installed, the app would be able to access sensitive details like text messages, location and call history. The apps allow stalkers to track their victims on a desktop and hides telltale clues on snooping.

While most Stalkerware apps are frequently pitched as software designed for child safety and employee monitoring, CNET found that Spy Tracker was being used to stalk romantic partners. CNET noted that the app had a total of 130,000 downloads.

Nikolas Chrysaidos, head of mobile threat intelligence and security for Avast said, “These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people’s privacy and shouldn’t be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behaviour, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims. Some of these apps are offered as parental control apps, but their descriptions draw a different picture, telling users the app allows them to ‘keep an eye on cheaters.”

Several companies that develop antivirus software like Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Lookout, and Symantec have also begun to step-up their efforts to block stalkware apps. Avast also mentioned that its threat detection tool warns users of stalkware.

The Avast report illustrates the challenges Google faces in keeping stalkware apps out of the Play Store. It also shows how these apps can get past the search giant’s automated app screening, despite being designed with malicious intent.

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Russia-linked Turla APT revamps arsenal to avoid detection with fileless malware

That’s according to Kaspersky, which has been investigating the way in which … The abuse of installation packs for VPN software that can circumvent …

A Russia-linked hacking group has “revamped its arsenal” by adding new features to minimise detection by security solutions and researchers.

That’s according to Kaspersky, which has been investigating the way in which threat actor Turla launches attacks against government and diplomatic groups.

They claim that the group has revamped its toolset by wrapping its JavaScript KopiLuwak malware in a new dropper called Topinambour to create two similar versions in different languages.

The researchers said that the malware was then distributed via infected installation packs for software that circumvents internet censorship and that these measures are designed to minimise detection and precision target victims.

Researchers first spotted Topinambour at the start of 2019, when it was being used by hackers to target government entities and other diplomatic targets.

The malware, which is named after the vegetable better known as the Jerusalem artichoke, is comprised of a Microsoft .NET file that distributes Turla’s JavaScript KopiLuwak through infected installation packages for VPNs and other forms of software.

“KopiLuwak is designed for cyberespionage and Turla’s latest infection process includes techniques that help the malware to avoid detection,” explained Kaspersky in a media announcement.

“For example, the command and control infrastructure has IPs that appear to mimic ordinary LAN addresses. Further, the malware is almost completely ‘fileless’ – the final stage of infection, an encrypted Trojan for remote administration, is embedded into the computer’s registry for the malware to access when ready.”

Kaspersky added that the two KopiLuwak analogues (the .NET RocketMan Trojan and the PowerShell MiamiBeach Trojan) were also “designed for cyber espionage” and that these versions are “deployed against targets with security software installed to detect KopiLuwak”.

All three versions can:

  • Fingerprint targets, to understand what kind of computer has been infected;
  • Gather information on system and network adapters;
  • Steal files;
  • Download and execute additional malware;
  • MiamiBeach is also able to take screenshots.

Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher at Kaspersky, said: “In 2019, Turla emerged with a revamped toolset, introducing a number of new features possibly to minimise detection by security solutions and researchers.

“These include reducing the malware’s digital footprint, and the creation of two different but similar versions of the well-known KopiLuwak malware. The abuse of installation packs for VPN software that can circumvent internet censorship suggests the attackers have clearly defined cyber espionage targets for these tools.”