Study Reveals Abuse of Mobile App Permissions

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  • SMSend malware was the  most serious problem for China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong
  • Four of the top 10 serious threats in China involve premium rate SMS scams
  • China was the #1 victim by count in all of the top five most common rooting exploits
  • Free apps in the “Games” and “Personalization” categories were the most likely to carry malware
  • Russia continues to be the #1 source of malicious apps
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (Android OS 4.0.x) is the most popular platform for malware

McAfee recently released the results of its "Mobile Security: McAfee Consumer Trends Report – June 2013," which reveals new ways that cyber criminals abuse app permissions to commit fraud and install malware. The report also shows that games are the most common form of malware-infected app.


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