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Malware worms its way into more apps: study

Published on Jun 24, 2014 12:38 PM
 
Malicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through cloned versions of popular apps. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Malicious software is increasingly making its way into mobile phones through "cloned" versions of popular apps, and software weaknesses in legitimate ones, security researchers said on Tuesday.

McAfee Labs said in its quarterly threat assessment that weaknesses in app security is becoming a growing problem for owners of mobile devices.

In some cases, cybercriminals can take advantage of the popularity of an app by creating a clone, which can extract personal data or even allow an attack to gain control of the device.

This was the case with Flappy Birds, a mobile game which saw a meteoric rise but was later withdrawn by its creator.

 
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