Loozfon and FinFisher malware take FBI attention

Well, this happen also on iOS, recently FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) got some informations about a malware signals attacks on Android operating systems, reporting : "Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher."

The first one, "Loozfon" is an information-stealing malware, capable of stealing information from the smartphone it self, like contacts and address, criminals use different variants to lure the victims bellow an example:
One version is a work-at-home opportunity that promises a profitable payday just for sending out email. A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user's device. The malicious application steals contact details from the user's address book and the infected device's phone number.
The second malware is named "FinFisher", this one can remotely control your device or even send visited links and messages.
FinFisher is a spyware capable of taking over the components of a mobile device. When installed the mobile device can be remotely controlled and monitored no matter where the Target is located. FinFisher can be easily transmitted to a Smartphone when the user visits a specific web link or opens a text message masquerading as a system update.
Bellow are some action to take for safety propose against such attacks, recommended from FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center:
Android's hackers Vs FBI
  • Review the developer/company who published the application that you are considering downloading;
  • Review and understand the permissions you are giving when you download applications;
  • In conjunction with using a passcode, enable the screen lock feature after a few minutes of inactivity;
  • Obtain malware protection for your mobile device;
  • Be aware of applications that enable Geo-location, which can be used to track your location for purposes such as stalking or burglary;
  • Jailbreak or rooting is used to remove certain restrictions imposed by the device manufacturer or cell phone carrier; however, when a user, application or service runs in “unrestricted” or “system” level within an operation system, it allows any compromise to take full control of the device;
  • Do not allow your device to connect to unknown wireless networks, which could be rogue access points that capture information passed between your device and a legitimate server; and
  • If you decide to sell your device or trade it in, make sure you wipe the device (reset it to factory default) to avoid leaving personal data on the device.

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Loozfon and FinFisher malware take FBI attention Loozfon and FinFisher malware take FBI attention Reviewed by Maherr Live on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Rating: 5