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Mobile Phone Security – Targeted Malware attacks as next step

McAfee Security highlights potential growth in specialized targeted attacks during 2013

http://blogs.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/targeted-attacks-the-next-step-in-mobile-malware

QUOTE: The Android threat landscape continues to evolve in 2013. To distribute Android threats, malware authors are transitioning away from attacking traditional vectors like the Google Play Market and third-party Android markets to vectors like spam and phishing emails and SMS.  Recently a new information-stealing Android malware was found being distributed as an attachment in emails as part of a targeted attack against Uyghur, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese activists. The social-engineering attack was carried out through email consisting of an invitation to the “World Uyghur Congress” (WUC) and an attachment pretending to be a letter on behalf of WUC, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, and the Society for Threatened Peoples. In reality the file was the Android application “WUC’s Conference.” After downloading, the application asks for the following suspicious permissions:

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