FBI warns users of mobile malware

As mobile malware increases at break-neck speed, the U.S. government wants to be sure users are aware of its dangers. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is a government task force that includes the FBI, issued a mobile malware warning on Friday.

“The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices,” the warning said. “Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher.”

The IC3 said that Loozfon lures its victims by sending them e-mails with links promising “a profitable payday just for sending out email,” then embeds itself onto the phone when the link is clicked. This malware steals information from users. FinFisher, on the other hand, is spyware and can take over the components of a smartphone. According to the IC3, this malware is also installed via a bogus e-mail link or text message. (Read More)

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