Android malware infecting thousands of devices, stealing data

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Android.Exprespam was discovered at the beginning of January and has only been around for a couple of weeks, but analysis showed that the scammers seem to be having a lot of success with the malware already. The data obtained indicates that the fake market called Android Express?s Play has drawn over 3,000 visits in a period of a week from January 13 to January 20, resulting in potential theft between 75,000 and 450,000 pieces of personal information. ?Android users should avoid using links in emails from unknown sources, only download apps from well-known and trusted app vendors and install a security app,? said Symantec. Meanwhile, Symantec also said it has seen an upswing in ransomware activity in 2013. The ransomware extortion scam has been in existence now for a number of years but its popularity among cybercriminals has grown over the last two years and it continues to indiscriminately plague computer users in greater numbers, the company noted. In the last week, Symantec said it has observed a new spike in ransomware activity being seen worldwide. While several variants of the ransomware threat are responsible for the overall spike, the main ransomware variant being observed is Trojan.Ransomlock.Y. This variant is being distributed through pornographic websites leading to the Impact Exploit kit. ?If you are a victim of a ransomware extortion scam, the golden rule is not to pay the ransom to the cybercriminals. Payment in no way guarantees that your computer will be unlocked and can be a costly mistake. By paying any such ransom it also fuels further cybercrimes,? it said. ]]>

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