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30 Percent of Mobile Malware Made By 10 Russian Firms 50

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-apples dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Almost a third of all mobile malware is made by 10 Russian organizations, according to Lookout Mobile Security. It made that claim after looking at its detections for this year, and after an investigation that uncovered the malware HQs' operations, which saw thousands of affiliates working alongside the factories to dupe users into downloading rogue apps. Those apps are fairly crude, sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers in the background, whilst users think they have downloaded a legitimate application. Lookout isn't revealing the names of the malware factories, however, nor is it divulging how far law enforcement are involved in cracking down on the Russian organizations. It is presenting its full findings at the DEF CON 21 conference."
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30 Percent of Mobile Malware Made By 10 Russian Firms

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  • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <{ten.3dlrow} {ta} {ojom}> on Sunday August 04, 2013 @01:02PM (#44470835) Homepage

    Congrats to the Russians fir finding a way to farm stupidity.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by lightknight (213164)

      And as an American, let me warn our Russian colleagues, that no way will the United States be outdone in this realm. We have consultants standing by, with suitcases filled with newly printed money, ready to get out there and spend, spend, spend to make us #1!

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Ha...as for finding ways to rip off mobile users, we here in America are way ahead of the Russians. Every mobile device is designed to insure that easily pushed wrong buttons lead to over consumption of data. And just logging on through a carriers proxy server, redirects you to various "associated partner's" sites= more over charged data consumption. And how about all those obscure "fees" tacked onto our bills. The Russians are years behind the likes of ATT and Verzion in finding ways to steal money.

    • The content industry in a natural alliance with congress is already prepping the suits over prior art.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I remember time when you have to pay Yahoo to get approved and listed on the web. Those glorious secure 90s.., the music was better too.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I remember time when you have to pay Yahoo to get approved and listed on the web. Those glorious secure 90s.., the music was better too.

      What's your point? I remember when comercial interests weren't allowed on the internet and when Yahoo listings weren't considered to be "the web". You miss 90's music? That just means you were a teen in the 90's.

      • by Bananana (1749762)
        That's right. 60's music rocks!
      • by mjwx (966435)

        I remember time when you have to pay Yahoo to get approved and listed on the web. Those glorious secure 90s.., the music was better too.

        You miss 90's music? That just means you were a teen in the 90's.

        No, it means he can hear.

  • The rest courtesy of NSA Labs.
  • We SMS you

    • C'mon, don't waste that gem. If there was ever an "in Soviet Russia" joke begging to be made:

      In Soviet Russia, mobile phone owns YOU!

  • Lookout mobile security? Never heard of them before. Sounds like an NSA front getting back at Russian businesses. If they really cared about consumer safety, they would name the specific firms which are creating the harmful apps.
    • Hello,

      From what I recall, Lookout Mobile Security was founded in San Francisco in 2008. They started as an iOS shop, but moved over to Android, and their security product is probably one of the most used on that platform. I do not recall having any contact with employees, but they publish some decent research on their blog at https://blog.lookout.com/ [lookout.com].

      Regards,

      Aryeh Goretsky

      • by superwiz (655733)
        Oh, well, I am sure it's not NSA, then. NSA didn't exist in 2008. And even if it did, it wouldn't have a mobile security company as a front. lookout.com, btw was first registered in 2001 according to WhoIs records.
  • Is done by NSA and british variant...
    So, who is the winner? Who is the number one?
    • Considering how much the NSA costs the US taxpayer and how much revenue the Russian companies rake in, I'd guess it's clear.

      It's capitalism, baby. They learned well and fast.

      • by stanlyb (1839382)
        Yeee, we are the best, not like these amateurs, the Russians.
        As we say, go BIG or go HOME.
  • by icebike (68054) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @01:45PM (#44471007)

    I've heard it said that the reason people resort to untrusted sources is because official markets (Apple App store, or Google Play store, Amazon, etc) are not available in many countries, or the prices, designed for western economies, are simply not affordable in second and third world countries.

    I don'k know a single person that installs apps from some random dodgy website. Or perhaps they do, but just don't admit it. Maybe its much more common with kids who don't have credit cards.

    But overall, resorting to third-party installation sources seems much rarer in those countries there there is affordable equal-access to the legitimate markets. Malware penetration into the official markets is not unheard of, but it is surely minuscule compared to the "cracked apps" sites.

    The protections and limitations placed on the official markets by some countries seem to inflict more harm than what ever they thought they were protecting their citizens from.

    • by drinkypoo (153816)

      I don'k know a single person that installs apps from some random dodgy website. Or perhaps they do, but just don't admit it. Maybe its much more common with kids who don't have credit cards.

      You can find Android warez on sites in Russia easily with Google. It is safe to assume that a percentage of these warez include trojans.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      I've heard it said that the reason people resort to untrusted sources is because official markets (Apple App store, or Google Play store, Amazon, etc) are not available in many countries, or the prices, designed for western economies, are simply not affordable in second and third world countries.

      Except Apple isn't the problem. Apple makes sure that when it sells a product to a country, that country has an App Store at the very least. And since Apple controls it all, it does a fairly good job at ensuring tha

  • Sounds as phony as a three dollar bill. Not naming names? Who and what are they protecting? Maybe somebody else will come forward.

  • ...but please, keep telling us how much safer and secure Linux is compared to Windows and Mac/iOS!

    • by Todd Knarr (15451)

      Even if all of it's on Android, I notice that it isn't available through the official app stores. So if you install your mobile software by going to Google Play or Amazon's app store or the like, you're probably not going to get hit. These guys set up their own unofficial app "stores" and web sites, luring you into going outside normal channels to get their stuff. And of course you get bit when you do that.

      My attitude is that for most apps, if it's not available through Google's store I should be suspicious

  • by Anonymous Coward

    the NSA?

    • by Skapare (16644)

      Only when someone leaks them.

    • by K10W (1705114)

      the NSA?

      doubt it, they have no real benefit in making this kind of malware as far as I can see, it is bottom of the barrel stuff we're talkign about here. Admittedly they do have a hand in a hell of a lot of the other stuff like zeroday exploit kits which the vendors of admit US is one of the biggest customers in buying such kits. The money is no issue to gov funded group so pocket change from making such malware is pointless, besides any other reason to compromise mobiles they can get access to that data already w

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