Fake antivirus for mobile platform spotted

Summary:Security researchers from CA have spotted a bogus mobile antivirus scanner using the Kaspersky brand.

Security researchers from CA have spotted a bogus mobile antivirus scanner using the Kaspersky brand. Spreading through social engineering, and relying on hardcoded results, the rogueware attempts to trick users into thinking they're malware-infected.

What about the monetization vector? SMS-based micro payments would have been the logical choice, however the hardcoded error message indicates an early stage experiment on behalf of the malicious attackers.

What do you think? Are we going to see a tremendous growth of scareware on mobile platforms, the way we're currently witnessing it on the Windows OS?

Talkback.

Topics: Security, Mobility

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Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, and cybercrime incident response. He's been an active security blogger since 2007, and maintains a popular security blog sharing real-time threats intelligence data with the rest of the community... Full Bio

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