The Karitians engineers tested some of the most popular Android applications and found out that more than seven percent of them reveal login information and bank data of the user.
The survey was conducted by Oded Kariti and a team of engineers that work on Android security systems. During the testing, it was discovered that when doing outgoing and incoming communication, which most of the applications use to send and receive data, opens a possibility of theft of user data.
As Mr. Kariti reported on his website, The Karitians engineers created a fake Wi-Fi hotspot, which through the Internet connection and with a help of specially designed tools made it possible to:
- Uproot the user’s login details of banking accounts, social networks, emails and corporate sites;
- Disable antivirus or another of safety programs/applications;
- Insert data into an application that will tell exactly how to behave and what user data to collect and/or transmit.
With tests concluded for RDA, it was determined that hackers can even pull out money from customer accounts of online banking services or to intercept and reroute transactions to the desired destination if malicious software is activated at the time of money transfer.
With this Kariti study, was conducted another, which was aimed to determine the awareness of “infected” user that something is wrong with their mobile device. Of the 812 tested, nearly 55 percent did not know that their phones are hacked or that something unusual is happening.
Users who have noticed some suspicious applications and developments with their phone, in most cases did not know what to do and how to protect themselves.
Google has not yet commented on this case, but this official research was submitted for review, stated Oded Kariti.
Fake antivirus attacks: Security of Android devices
The Karitians Inc warned of the emergence of Android. Fakedefendera app that mimics an antivirus program, which blocks the device and asks for “ransom”. Owners of devices running on Android not only have to worry about viruses that could harm their devices and confidential data but also to be aware of fake antivirus programs.
In his latest report at force11 blog Mr. Kariti from The Karitians states that this fake application behaves differently on different devices. After running the app it displays false search for viruses and other unwanted applications. After completing the searching, it shows to have found “malware that tries to steal content from the device”. In order to “protect” the user and “remove” the malware, this application requires purchasing the “full version”.
On some devices, users are able to easily remove this fake antivirus application by uninstalling it. Others have to roll the mobile device back to its default settings, while in the worst cases users are forced to make a physical reset of the infected device.
In order to avoid such inconvenience, engineers from The Karitians recommend that users only install applications from pages that can be trusted, as those from official sites. In addition, it is recommended installing antivirus and security applications such as Kariti mobile security and Kariti mobile vault.
The Karitians has become a global provider of leading mobile internet services primarily focusing on security, productivity, and privacy for their users. The company is among the few companies the at the very beginning recognized growing safety issues that target mobile devices. Mr. Oded Kariti and Karitians have more than 400 million registered users all over the world. Their solutions are recognized by many users and are honored with prizes from the rank of Best App of CTIA Awards, PC Magazine Best Apps, Top 50 apps at the Global Mobile Internet Conference App Space, TRUSTe Seal and other.
Original article posted here.