New Point of Sale mal­ware in­creases online bank­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity

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Quick Heal Tech­nolo­gies has re­leased its Qu­aterly Threat Re­port (QTR). The re­port of­fers a de­tailed look back

the top mal­ware sam­ples, mal­ware threats and up­com­ing se­cu­rity trends and take­aways from the quar­ter over the Win­dows and An­droid plat­forms. With 17 mil­lion cus­tomers

more than 112 coun­tries world­wide, Quick Heal re­ceives real-time global virus sig­na­ture up­dates for desk­tops and mo­bile de­vices over mul­ti­ple plat­forms and op­er­at­ing sys­tems.

The key find­ings of Quick Heal Threat re­port Q2, 2015 for An­droid is that Quick Heal Threat Re­search Labs re­ceived 500,000 An­droid mal­ware sam­ples per month for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2015. This rep­re­sented a growth of 16% over Q1, 2015. Out of these de­tected sam­ples, 170 new An­droid mal­ware fam­i­lies and 232 new vari­ants of ex­ist­ing mal­ware fam­i­lies were de­tected. Anal­y­sis of sev­eral pre-in­stalled apps on new de­vices has also led the Quick Heal Threat Re­search Labs to con­clude that many de­vices are equipped with spy­ware right from the fac­tory. Whereas, An­droid Ad­ware con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the mal­ware charts with a 67% stake in the de­tected sam­ples count, high­light­ing how ma­li­cious and in­tru­sive ads are pri­mary prop­a­ga­tion meth­ods. The most prom­i­nent An­droid sam­ple from Q2 was An­droid. Air­push. G, which is a form of An­droid Ad­ware. This sam­ple con­sti­tuted a whop­ping 49% of all de­tected sam­ples

Over the Win­dows plat­form, Quick Heal de­tected around 65 mil­lion mal­ware sam­ples per month in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2015. New Point of Sale (PoS) mal­ware fam­i­lies have also been found in Q2 2015 and these steal credit/debit card de­tails from PoS ter­mi­nals of mer­chants. Threat au­thors have moved their at­ten­tion to the bank­ing sec­tor and com­mon bank­ing Tro­jans are ex­pected to make use of spear phish­ing emails, so­cial en­gi­neer­ing tac­tics.

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