Experts observe sustained wave of Apple-related phishing sites and
online banking malware increase
OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - As more Canadians gravitate to the
convenience of online shopping and banking, and continue to
adopt Android™ and Apple smartphones, tablets and computers, Trend Micro's (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) Q3 2013 Security Roundup Report raises concern
on a number of fronts. The ongoing proliferation of Apple phishing
sites, the growth in Android malware, and the sizable uptick in malware
targeting online banking suggests consumers need to be more careful
about the apps they install, and more mindful in protecting personal
and financial data.
"With the holiday shopping season about to begin, criminals are rapidly
developing tools that no good can come of," said JD Sherry, vice
president of technology and solutions, Trend Micro. "Cybercrime thieves
are ready to take full advantage of the fact that, while Apple has been
traditionally perceived as a safe-haven against threats, our findings
show personal information can be jeopardized as phishing scams
targeting the platform continue to gain momentum."
After a spike in Q2, Apple-related phishing sites have remained steady
throughout Q3. This raises concern of potential new targets in Q4 with
analysts estimating Apple to sell 31 million iPhones and 15 million
iPads globally in the fourth quarter alone, and sales of Mac computers
continuing to grow.
The number of malicious and high-risk Android apps surpassed the
1-million mark in Q3, and a significant portion of these dangerous apps
were disguised as either fake or Trojanized versions of popular apps.
Trend Micro researchers also identified more than 200,000 malware
infections targeting online banking in Q3. Three countries stood out as
the most targeted, with the U.S. accounting for almost one-quarter
(23%) of online banking malware infections worldwide, followed by
Brazil (16%) and Japan (12%).
Android: Canada ranks ninth on the global list of countries with the highest
malicious Android app download volumes. The ranking was based on the
percentage of apps categorized as "malicious" over the total number of
apps scanned per country. Globally, the most common type of threat is
"premium service abusers", which send unauthorized text messages to
certain numbers and often register users to premium-rate services.
Privacy: Canada also ranks ninth on the global list of top countries at risk of
privacy exposure due to app use. The ranking was based on the
percentage of apps categorized as "privacy risk inducers" over the
total number of apps scanned per country. Protection of Personally
Identifying Information (PII) is particularly important with the
widespread use of social media applications such as Facebook and
Botnets: Canada rounds out the top five countries with the greatest number of
botnet connections with the US at 25 percent, Malaysia at 19 followed
by Portugal, Russia and Canada, all at four percent. A botnet is a
collection of Internet-connected programs communicating with other
similar program to send spam email or participate in distributed
Malicious URLs: Canada only contributes one percent of all Malicious URL country
sources—barely making the top ten globally in a category dominated by
the U.S. (24 percent), the Netherlands and China (3 percent each).
Malicious URLs are embedded in emails and send a user to a specific
website that can automatically download malware that can lead to an
For the complete report, please visit: http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/us/security-roundup/2013/3Q/the-invisible-web-unmasked/. A detailed blog post is here: http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/3q-security-roundup-the-invisible-web-1-million-mobile-malware-highlight-quarter.
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SOURCE: Trend Micro Canada
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