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What we are saying is that we know the threat actors are already using a variety of other methods to break into our systems, and we should prioritize our resources to focus on the methods that they’re using now.So, you should still pay attention to the risks out there so that you stay safe.
But don’t be afraid: a bit of knowledge and the right precautions can protect you from threats like ransomware and sextortion scams. Svpeng is one type which combined ransomware and payment-card theft.Android/Power Off Hijack is malware that hijacks the shutdown process of your device so that it appears to be off, but remains functional.That way it can secretly make calls, take pictures, and more – all without you having a clue.Russian Police arrested Svpeng’s 25 year old creator earlier in April, after having stolen over 50 million rubles ($930,000) and having infected over 350,000 Android devices.Do you have any apps that let you open links inside them without having to go to your browser app?Filip Chytry of Avast Antivirus sheds light on the clue that tells you if you have this kind of malware: Google has suspended these apps from the Google Play Store, so as long as you don’t download them from another source, you’ll be okay.
Cybercriminals in South Korea have created fake social media profiles of attractive women to lure people into cybersex, whom they then blackmail by threatening to release the video on You Tube. The perpetrators are now pretending that they experience audio problems with the chosen software (like Skype) and persuade their victim to download an chat app of their preference.
This means that if you happen to click on a malicious link, an attacker can execute any malicious code he or she wants through Java Script – completely bypassing the security mechanisms that usually protect you.
The attacker can use this vulnerability to automatically install any app they want onto your device.
Nearly 50% of all Android devices are at risk of a vulnerability called “Android Installer Hijacking”.
Put simply, when you go to download a legitimate app, the installer can be hijacked allowing an app you didn’t want to be installed in its place.
This happens in the background while you are reviewing the permissions of the app you want to install, either by setting up the benign app to install malware later, or by masking the true permissions it requires.