Your smartphone and tablet are as vulnerable as your computer

May 19 2014, 09:22 IST
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Phishing scams are increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims, warns Kaspersky Lab Phishing scams are increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims, warns Kaspersky Lab
SummaryPhishing scams are increasingly using mobile apps to bait victims, warns Kaspersky Lab.

pages in order to inflate the followers and like counts defined by the scammers. Additionally, it also tagged all their friends in the comments to maximise the reach of the scam.

Back to the malicious activity targeting mobile devices. “Recently we have seen a growth in the number of attacks targeting mobile users,” says Darya Gudkova, head of content analysis & research department at Kaspersky Lab. “Gadgets have become popular even among those who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer security. This opens up new vectors of attacks for spammers and phishers.”

In order to protect themselves, the Kaspersky Lab specialist advises that users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to user security. Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used—they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike.

Many gadget owners are used both to synchronisation of their contacts and to the fact that messages from mobile apps can arrive via email, so few would be suspicious of the fact that WhatsApp is not directly linked to an email service. This lack of caution could prove costly, since the attached archive contained the notorious Backdoor.Win32.Androm.bjkd, whose main function is to steal personal data from users.

“The bad guys constantly develop new ways to attack your smartphones and computers in order to steal personal information,” says Altaf Halde, managing director, Kaspersky Lab—South Asia. “Most popular malicious programs are now multifunctional, they can steal data from the victim’s computer, make the computer part of a botnet or download and install other malicious programs without the user's knowledge. This is why it is extremely critical to update your operating system, web browser and to keep security software up-to-date,” he suggests.

“This will reduce the probability of cybercriminals running bad programs onto your computer or mobile device,” the Kaspersky Lab MD says. “Kaspersky Lab would also like to remind users that hacked email accounts can allow attackers access to all the information stored in your mailbox including other logins and passwords. We recommend you to use strong passwords and two-factor authentication if possible.”

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