Mutating mobile malware and advanced threats are on the horizon as we approach 2016
Yesterday, we walked you through a set of our 2016 predictions in regards to home router security, wearables and the Internet of Things. In addition to these important topics, mobile threats are not something that should be ignored as we move into 2016.
“Most people don't realize that mobile platforms are not really all that safer or immune from attack then desktop platforms,” said Ondřej Vlček, COO of Avast. “Most people use mobile devices in a more naive way then they use a PC because they just don't understand that this is a full blown computer that requires caution.”
Over the course of this year, we’ve seen a list of notable mobile threats that jeopardized the privacy and security of individuals. Our own mobile malware analyst, Nikolaos Chrysaidos, has a few ideas about several issues that could crop up in the new year:
With this list of potential threats and risks in mind, it becomes clear that our mobile devices hold more value than just our apps and contacts. As hackers‘ techniques grow smarter, it’s important that we do the same in regards to the way that we approach our security.
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In a new case that started this week, the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to judge whether or not the law’s wording is too vague.
The hacker’s forum OGUsers has ironically been a tempting target for criminals, with a series of at least three successful hacking attempts in the past couple of years.