Ten years ago,
It was infecting
With its discovery, the world came to know that there was malware not just for computers but also for smartphones.
Unlike most modern malware samples, Cabir wasn't equipped with a wide range of malicious functions. Instead it made history by proving that it was possible to infect smartphones.
Due to the Cabir virus constantly searching for Bluetooth connections, it exhausted the battery life within two to three hours apart from sending messages to premium-rate numbers.
The group which created the virus — 29A — was not cybercriminals, at that time cybercrime was just beginning to take shape. They were virus writers creating malware to test and demonstrate new virus technologies and the first to create a virus for the Windows 64 platform.
Unlike most modern malware samples, Cabir wasn't equipped with a wide range of malicious functions. Instead it made history by proving that it was possible to infect mobile phones.
He said the group announced ceases of operation in 2008, but they might be working under different names and operations.
Ten years after the discovery of Cabir,
"In 2013, 3.90 million installation packages were used by cybercriminals to distribute mobile malware. Overall in 2012-2013, we detected approximately 10 million unique malicious installation packages compared to 2.7 million in
"In the first quarter of this year, the percentage of threats targeting Android exceeded 99 per cent of all mobile malware and we believe it will remain popular among cybercriminal in 2014 as well," he said.
He said that all devices are targeted but due to open architecture adopted on Android platform, mobile malware are targeting Android devices. IOS devices have more vulnerabilities compared to Android devices, but Android devices are targeted by more malware.
In the first quarter, 110,324 new malicious programs for mobile devices and 1,182 new mobile banking Trojans were detected.
At the start of the year,
As before, the threats are most active in
"We believe the mobile threat landscape is still in its early growth phase, criminals are still looking for what they can do and methods to abuse different types of mobile devices. We are seeing many malicious functions being transposed from computer devices to mobile devices, we recently found Ransomware targeting Android devices," Hasbini said.
Ransomware is a kind of virus that demands a ransom or compensation from the victim by locking his device, holding his data or by making it difficult for the victim to find a solution to remove a virus installed on his device.
A new variant of ransomware targeting users on Android is — at the very least — associating itself with CryptoLocker, which is known for encrypting critical computer files and demanding ransom to decrypt them.
Cybercriminals gain their attention towards a technology when it has a larger footprint like
The most attacked and vulnerable PC operating system is Windows XP Professional. Kaspersky Security Network statistics had received more than 1,240 million attack notifications on Windows XP in 2013, which represent about 28 per cent of all attack notifications.
Running outdated and therefore unsupported versions of software represents a massive risk for users. Java 6 is a fine example of this. In
"Cybercriminals often reverse-engineer released patches to check which flaws that have been addressed and use that knowledge to target older, especially unsupported version of the software," said Pradeesh VS,
Android mobile malware is also rapidly becoming more widespread in the
Although removable media and local networks are still the primary method for spreading malware in the region, there is an increase in the use of drive-by downloads which exploit vulnerabilities in browsers and their plug-ins. Malware spread via social networks (especially
Another reason for spreading malware is to capitalise on interest in the volatile political situation in the region — by creating fake links to political news and videos, criminals can direct users to malicious websites to exploit vulnerable browsers and download malware.
"Removable media and local networks are still dominating the malware, by
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