malware

Trend Micro retracts exaggerated Play Store malware claim

We are most likely used to how companies tend to bend the truth a bit to sell their products, but sometimes things can get quite out of hand. That might just be the case when Trend Micro published a blog post which painted a picture of Google Play Store that was too horrifying to be true, only to later "clarify" the exact point that the cyber security firm was trying to make.

Android security chief: anti-virus apps are overrated

When you are partly in charge of making a product, of course you want to project your product in the best light possible. But when Google's chief security engineer for all things Android, Adrian Ludwig, downplayed the value of anti-virus apps before Google I/O 2014, he might have projected a different and harmful image instead. While he claims that majority of users won't benefit from malware-hunting apps on Android, the number of malware on the platform, even those that get through Google Play Store's own bouncers, prove otherwise.

Lookout reports new malware sneaking into Google Play Store

When it comes to banking and financial information, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your details, especially when doing online transactions. But what if the threat is coming from a trusted source, who also is not aware that they are posing a threat? Lookout, an antivirus app and service, informed Google that a malware has sneaked its way into the Google Play Store, intent on stealing the usernames of customers.

BitDefender Mobile Security adds App Locking feature

BitDefender, a brand easily associated with anti-virus and security software, has updated their Mobile Security Android app with an important new feature. With the new App Lock function, users will be able to keep prying eyes and fingers away from certain apps and sensitive data.

Koler.A ransomware blackmails you for bad judgment

Proving again that mobile security is also only as good as your own vigilance, a new type of Android malware has been unearthed. The Trojan Koler.A holds your smartphone hostage, rendering it practically unusable, until you pay a not insignificant amount of $300.

Virus Shield buyers getting refund and promotional credit from Google

As we recently learned, not all virus scanning apps are created equal. In this case we're talking about the Virus Shield app, which wasn't actually scanning anything. The app had been selling for $3.99 and while it was removed from the Play Store on April 6th, reports from Appbrain show it had been downloaded more than 30,000 times.

Flappy Bird clones landing with malware threat

Despite being removed from the Play Store, the story of Flappy Bird doesn't seem to be over just yet. Earlier this morning we learned the game was gone, and about how it will never be coming back. Developer Dong Nguyen mentioned that while speaking with Forbes. It was during that same conversation where he mentioned the subject of clones, even admitting to checking some out.
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