Cyber attacks target Android mobile platforms, social networks in March

Friday, April 1, 2011

In March, cyber attacks primarily targeted Android-based mobile platforms, as well as social networks like Twitter and Facebook, security software developer Eset said in a press release.

Eset uncovered 21 malicious applications being distributed through the Android Market, an open content distribution system for Android-based devices where users can buy, install and download applications developed by third parties.

After users downloaded the applications, theirs devices were infected and malicious codes began sending device information, such as its international mobile equipment identity, to remote services.

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Some of the affected applications included Falling Down, Super Guitar Solo, Super Ringtone Maker, Chess and Advanced Currency Converter. The malicious applications were downloaded by 50,000 people over four days.

The cyber threat found on Twitter during March was a malicious link promising to show users who was viewing their profiles on the popular social network. After victims clicked the link, they were prompted to download a third party application that automatically sent the same link to all of their followers, continuing the infection cycle. The link reached a total of 159 clicks per minute.

At the same time, Facebook suffered a scam that offered victims the possibility of obtaining a password to an account by sending two text messages at a cost.

There were some advances against cyber attacks, as the Rustok botnet was disabled during March. Rustok is one of the larger global networks of zombie computers that send spam, and its dismantling resulted in a sharp drop in spam statistics.