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Mobile malware: It's bad now, but will be worse in 2013

John P. Mello Jr. | Dec. 18, 2012
If you're a user of Google's mobile operating system Android and concerned about your smartphone's security, expect to worry more in the coming months.

"Though there is no shortage of malware that includes it on the off chance of finding an unpatched system," it adds.

Eset outlined in its report how Web miscreants proliferate their malicious wares through infected websites:

  • First, an existing vulnerability is exploited in a web server and malicious code is injected into the site.
  • Then, targets are steered to the infected site through hyperlinks sent to a list of users through email, social networks, or any other means.
  • When the target visits the site, the malware is downloaded to their computer or smartphone, where it performs its pernicious actions.

According to Eset's report, "Malware targeting Android will not only keep on rising at a considerable rate, but also will continue to evolve until they are very similar in capability to their peers in the world of more traditional computers."


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