24 February 2015
Mobile app providers have reportedly been very slow to address the most basic secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities of gadgets like smartphones and computers. More than 387 new samples of malware are affecting the smart devices every minute, besides the mobile malware samples have grown up by 14 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014.
Asia and Africa are reportedly registering the highest infection rates.
A report by McAfee Labs has said that 8 percent of all McAfee-monitored mobile systems reported an infection in fourth quarter of 2014. “The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services,” F.Budget reported.
McAfee Labs has detected potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) on 91 million systems each day.
“The security firm sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data,” the report added.
It has been said that there was a brief drop in malicious binaries but it grew up later. The pace of growth resumed in quarter fourth of 2014 with a 17 per cent increase in total signed binaries.
Smartphones are becoming an essential tool in the present times with more and more apps making it more significant.
Source – http://indiatoday.intoday.in/technology/story/387-new-malware-samples-arriving-every-minute-mcafee/1/420743.html