The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and has issued a warning about increasing malware attacks on Android devices.
The most prevalent attacks have consisted of Loozfon, an information stealing malware and FinFisher, a spware capable of taking over particular components within a mobile device.
The Loozfon malware works by luring in victims through a set of links. One particular example that the IC3 gives is the use of links within advertisements, such as ones that promise profitable income from merely sending emails at home. Clicking on these links will lead users to a website that tries to push Loozfon onto the user's device. Once the malware is on the device, it steals contact information from the address book along with the personal information of the device itself.
FinFisher, on the other hand, is spyware capable of taking over particular components of a mobile device. Once infected, these components can be remotely controlled and monitored from anywhere. Like Loozfon, FinFisher can be transmitted through a web link, but it can also be transmitted by text messages as well (most commonly disguised as a system update).
The IC3 notes that these are merely two examples of the malware that is currently attacking Android systems.
General Security Tips
Besides warning users, the governmental organization has compiled a list of safety tips for users to protect their mobile devices and data:
The IC3 urges all users who have found themselves victim of a malware attack to report the incident at IC3.gov.
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