Ten Years of Mobile Malware: the Toughest Pests Were

Smartphones and tablets are indispensable in our daily lives. We use mobile devices for communication, to obtain information and to pass the time. Also we trust lots of personal data and sometimes even our account details the small gadgets. This is the time where hacker tricks on the equipment access and suck off information or crash get the equipment easy and useful to. Cybercriminals attack mobile devices for about a decade. With the information of the security professionals by naked security, COMPUTER image has an overview of the top malware of mobile devices of the last ten years put together.
Information in the text line, which is the most vulnerable operating system, with what trick cybercriminals prefer smuggle their malware on mobile devices and has to do what pop star Rick Astley with iOS.

Ten years of mobile malware

June 2004: CabirDen first mobile virus is Nokia phones a decade ago caught, running with Symbian. Symbian is a mobile operating system for smart phones and PDAs (personal digital assistant), for which the manufacturer Nokia since beginning 2014 more provides no updates.

This first virus for a mobile OS 2004 was nicknamed CABIR or Caribe. Naked security according to it was virus rather a scientific experiment as a threat for end users, because it spread via Bluetooth. With Bluetooth switched off device from the threat sure. were mobile
2005: Drever anti VirusIn threatened the year after CABIR Drever Symbian users. The malware posing as anti-virus program, but it was the opposite in truth. After it moved the users by pretenses to the installation, the anti-anti-virus program therefore, other protection software such as Simworks and Kaspersky took care of the phone to remove.
2006: XroveXrove was the first virus that spread from a Windows PC to a Windows Mobile device, if is the two wired connected. There were a proof of concept virus, which called attention to a vulnerability. However the authors of Xrove had programmed a Fiesheit: Xrove aimed to all documents in the My Documents folder to delete.
2007: FlexSpyDie FlexSpy malware, 2007 emerged, aimed at monitoring of Symbian users. Their special feature: Is for sale. The manufacturer advertises with the capabilities to spy out cell phones and tablets with Symbian. FlexSpy excellently suitable to catch cheaters and employees to monitor…
2008: MeitiDa Windows Mobile never stunning user numbers reached, there was also never much malware for that platform. Meiti was one of the few viruses that target Windows phone, a data thief who disguised as games bundle. Together with the new games, but the user loaded the malicious software on his device.
2009: Ikee2009 caught it for the first and so far only time Apple’s iOS. However, only devices with jailbreak were affected. This liberation from Apple’s use restrictions made only vulnerable devices. Ikee played the device owners a prank, and the wallpaper to a poster of the pop star Rick Astley changed. he she rickrollte
2010: Android Wallpapers2010 identified the BlackHat Conference in Las Vegas a number of wallpaper apps for Android, which itself gained excessive access to the system. While strictly speaking this is not malware, is to speak about a malicious behavior of the app: the apps should get only background images on the phones and tablets, but spying out private information of the user in return and sent them to the app developers to China. About one million users at least one of the apps had already on your device charged, public as the espionage capabilities were.
2011: DroidDreamEin dream for an Android? 2011 malicious apps Google’s play store flooded a similar wave. The applications with the Trojan DroidDream were chopped games apps that have been uploaded by criminals. Once installed, the programs fished out sensitive data about the device and its owner and sent them to the programmer. Furthermore, DroidDream a number of malicious software installed on your Smartphone or tablet, to prepare it for a later abuse, which end in a complete takeover could.
2012: KongFu2012 planted cybercriminals again malware in the play store that disguised itself as a game app. Here the hackers of the popularity of the games angry birds and Angry birds space exploited, by offering a fully functional ripoff of the games, who wore a Trojan by the DroidDream format in itself. Malware took over control of the instrument after execution and downloaded more malicious software at will and installed this.
2013: MasterKey2013 proved a bad year for the developers of Google, since teamed up a large security hole in the play store: the code verification component of Android is to actually digitally signing apps to check that they are not hacked unfortunately 2013 not properly worked them and granted access to the play store a malware named MasterKey. MasterKey is hiding in verified apps that have been hacked, but still wore the safety seal of Google thanks to the error.
2014: KolerIn this year’s met again Android devices: this mobile malware nasty tricks used to get to the money of the user. Koler acts as if officials had blocked the user’s device and monitored, because this would be suspected to be activities involved in criminal. For a payment of $ 300 (about 221 euros), the note to unblock the device and back can be used to make promises.

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