A SECURITY FIRM HAS RELEASED A LIST OF ONGOING AND INCOMING THREATS that cover a range of things from Apple's iOS to the Internet of Things (IoT).
In its third report this year, Quick Heal warns that Apple users in particular better brace themselves for impact as more and more malware writers who've earned their stripes targeting Android users turn their attention to iOS.
"As the number of iPhone owners rises across the world, iOS has become a new potential target for Android malware authors and hackers. It is expected that Android malware will soon be altered to attack iOS users as well, and jailbroken iOS devices will be the first wave of targets for these attacks," explained the firm (PDF).
"Recently, the 'XcodeGhost' malware was found on the Apple App Store and this is just the beginning of such attacks."
In a section on wearables, Quick Heal predicts hackers will increasingly target fitness trackers, something that other security researchers have already warned about.
A lot of space in the report is reserved for Android-flavoured threats, and users are offered advice on protecting themselves such as if there is an option to use a password over a touch sign-in, then you ought to take it.
"A group of researchers have discovered a serious security flaw in the Android Lollipop version running on devices right now. This flaw allows attackers to bypass the lockscreen of an Android smartphone by using a massive password and thereby exposing the homescreen," it explains.
"The attack essentially works by opening the in-built camera application and afflicts people using a password to protect their Android device and lock their screen."
The most significant Android threat is a rascal called Android.Airpush.G, which claims 30 percent of the bug pool and is the kind of adware thing that makes you want to take a hammer to your phone screen. The second most prominent issue is Android.Reaper.A, which can haul in a large data harvest when in place.
Quick Heal is not the only security company in town, and a post on the Symantec website also seems set to put the fear into the Apple user community. That post, read it here - if you dare, says that the Mabouia ransomware is capable of causing a problem for Mac and PC users alike.
Fortunately, Mabouia is a proof-of-concept attack that a researcher shared with both Apple and Symantec. Symantec says that the PoC effort achieves at least one first.
"Mabouia is the first case of file-based crypto ransomware for OS X, albeit a proof-of-concept. Macs have nevertheless already been targeted by ransomware in the form of browser-based threats," it explained.
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