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December 10th, 2012

Are we hard workers? Yes, but sometimes we need a break!

Traditionally Avast! organizes Christmas party for employees and their closest ones. This year it was in Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Prague and we really enjoyed it. Avast! arranged live music represented by Queenie, a Queen cover band. And we have to admit, these guys were great! Even Freddie Mercury would have been definitely satisfied with their performance. But Avast! also caters to our youngest ones. Last week we had Saint Nicholas’ day in our offices in Prague. There were almost fifty kids, a clown, Saint Nicholas, angel and devil. I believe you can imagine how our offices looked like during this event. :-) We decided to share this few precious moments with you, so you can feel the atmosphere. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as we did.

 

 

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October 31st, 2012

Double Trouble

Android is one of the fastest growing platforms in the world. In the second quarter of this year there were more than 300 million active Android devices. The increase is almost 900,000 of new devices per day and still rising. These days Android occupies more than 60% of the mobile devices market!  By the way there is around 300,000 newborn children a day all around the world, and this number constantly decreases.

Hand in hand with this trend goes the rise of applications and viruses for this platform. In the past week we noticed one of them that was especially tricky. At first look, it’s trying to act like a regular Google Play application, but that’s just an illusion. It is a fake application which not only downloads other fraudulent application, but it is also able to send premium text messages without user’s knowledge

After the installation it replaces the original Google Play from the menu and just waits for a first start from the user.

Immediately after the first start you are asked to update the program and there your troubles continue “Critical update, install new version, click the continue”.

After this step follows another nasty download from this link shows up:

After the installation of second aplication, your phone turns into a money sucking machine. Without your knowledge it starts sending premium messages on paid numbers. Luckily we caught this threat and Avast! detects both samples as Android:OpFake-BV.

This file is  easily accessible from more than thirty malware pages, which are made to resemble various markets and download pages! But no worries Avast! users are protected even if you accidentally visit these pages.

SHA:

8CA2E64E008BA4FC667809D4DD9FA2CE98F8AF248F1DE7B280636555EF09EF40

DCE5A75092996B4388644B1E56A0F07FCB05F4C069E14AE269075EC2A33DA3FF

October 7th, 2011

Barcelona – fotoreport from the last two days

The content of VB 2011 programme provided an excellent amount of information from the security industry in the last three days. It came packed in an interesting and humorous way. Here is some more pictures from conference to present the atmosphere and we looking forward on next conference!

 

October 6th, 2011

Barcelona – fotoreport from the first day

 

Greetings from Barcelona. The conference is in the middle and here are few pictures from the first day. Everyone seems to be satisfied with the conference, and especially with the free beer offered by AVAST!