OH LORD, TECHNOLOGY has a real security problem, according to the sage people at McAfee who have spent the past three months, and many months before then, looking at the situation and throwing things at the problems.
McAfee Labs' Quarterly threat report (PDF) is full of warnings and bad news, and is probably best read under the covers on dark and wet days like these. First on the agenda is collusion on a range of applications.
To be fair this does not sound like the worst thing that could happen to anyone, so it's an odd one to start with.
McAfee dedicates a lot of room to this emerging threat. "We explore an emerging new attack method - mobile app collusion - in which apps, viewed independently, appear benign but when they run on the same mobile device and share information, may be malicious," the report said.
Some 5,000 app installation packages might already be blighted, according to the firm, as well as a whole 11 applications.
This is not the end of your problems. McAfee has also noticed that ransomware attacks are increasing and that, despite best advice, some companies are paying up to settle the demands.
McAfee then turned its attentions to Pinkslipbot, which is a threat that the firm thought it had seen the last of. The trojan malware was beaten back in 2013 but has re-emerged with a vengeance.
"This backdoor trojan with worm-like abilities initially launched in 2007 and quickly earned a reputation for being a damaging, high-impact malware family capable of stealing banking credentials and email passwords, and signing certificates," the report explained.
"Pinkslipbot infections dwindled in 2013 but made an aggressive return near the end of 2015. The malware now includes improved features including anti-analysis and multi-layered encryption abilities to prevent it being reverse engineered by malware researchers."
Bloody typical. µ
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