Android malware has a new variant called FalseGuide

Mirror Online has reported an eye-watering number of gamers have been tricked into downloading game guides on their Android devices.

android falseguide news malwareAnd these guides contains dangerous malware which spreads through Android smartphones. The malware, dubbed FalseGuide, was hidden in more than 40 “guide apps” for mobile games. Games affected include Pokemon Go and FIFA, on the Google Play app store.

While Google has been pushing monthly security updates, manufacturers like Samsung unfortunately often delay on pushing these updates to customers. The result? According to Google, half of Android devices did not receive security updates in 2016. That’s particularly problematic when malware like FalseGuide shows up, as it gives that malware an opportunity to take advantage of more unprotected phones.

“FalseGuide creates a silent botnet out of the infected devices for adware purposes. A botnet is a group of devices controlled by hackers without the knowledge of their owners,” says Check Point in a blog post. “The bots are used for various reasons based on the distributed computing capabilities of all the devices.”

Issues arise when the apps are downloaded, after which they’ll request administrator permissions, which can then be used against the owner of the phone. For now, it appears as though those permissions allow the app to deliver “illegitimate pop-up ads out of context,” but they could also be used to instigate DDoS attacks.

The malware was first discovered a few days ago, and appeared in a hefty 44 game guide apps. Those apps were since removed, but another five apps with the malicious code were then discovered. Scarily enough, some of these apps were uploaded as early as November 2016 — so they stayed on the Google Play Store for around 5 months before being taken down. As far as users impacted by the malware, Check Point estimates between 500,000 to 1.8 million users. Thankfully, of the 49 infected apps, 28 of them were downloaded less than 10 times and seven of them were apparently never downloaded.

4 mobile security precautions you never should ignore

1. Lock screen passwords

According to this Pew Research poll, over one quarter of smartphone users do not protect their devices with lock screen passcodes. Let that sink in a moment. Roughly 28% of smartphone users to not protect their devices.

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2. Update, update, update

It doesn’t end there. The security of your device doesn’t just lie in setting up a passcode for the screen lock. The other big security issue for the mobile crowd is that of updates. A great many iPhone user waits, with baited breath, for the next big iOS update.

App updates occur for a lot of reasons. One such reason is security patches. If you don’t update those apps, chances are you have a security vulnerability waiting to be taken advantage of.

3. Avoid random insecure WIFI networks

Every time I venture into a coffee shop, I see tables filled with smartphone and laptop users at work with their devices. Most of those users have connected to the shop’s Wi-Fi connection. And why not? Why use data on a personal account, when you can hop onto a company wireless connection? After all, companies can afford secure networks, right?

4. Two-factor authentication

I’m going to double back to the lock screen for a moment, to give you one last reminder as to why it is all so very important. This will also serve as another reminder to work a bit harder on the security of your device, as well as your accounts.

Optic fibre boom impacts on home and business users

Related imageThe plethora or fibre – and fibre service providers – flooding urban areas, offering Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Fibre-to-the-business(FTTB) services has rapidly changed the way Internet services are delivered to customers. Thanks to the open access nature of most fibre networks, the connectivity market has expanded exponentially over a relatively short period of time. This has paved the way for more competition, better pricing models, less lock-in contracts and the delivery of a greater number of Internet enabled services than ever before.

For businesses, being connected is no longer a want – it’s a need. Businesses cannot operate without speedy and stable connectivity. Many companies have their own interbranch networks and rely upon connectivity to communicate and exchange information, not only amongst themselves, but also with their customers. Telephony, video streaming, IP cameras and centralised systems all need stable and fast connectivity in order to function efficiently and effectively.

Mobile networks still offer great convenience, particularly for people who work on the go and don’t rely on a fixed network. However, mobile networks in urban areas are often congested, with too many users clogging the network and reducing the overall quality and speed of the connectivity. As there are not enough frequencies available in South Africa to accommodate the vast number of users, mobile data networks are often over accessed, which reduces them to best effort services.

Fibre offers much lower latencies and faster speeds than either ADSL or mobile networks. This is great for home users, but critical for businesses. If an organisation wants to run real-time applications such as IP telephony networks or video conferencing, quality of service (QoS) is of utmost importance. Businesses running private cloud services such as customer relationship management (CRM) systems need a reliable and fast network to do so.

Fibre provides the speeds – upload and download – and stability that ADSL and mobile networks are not able to. And all of the choice.

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Mobile Growth fuels demand for new business models such as Identity as a Service

Santa Clara — Technology development and policy reforms to transform and strengthen enterprise security across organizations, finds Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision team

Image result for africa mobile developmentThe rising adoption of cloud computing, especially among small and medium organizations, is fuelling demand for new business models such as Identity as a Service (IDaaS) within the identity and access management (IAM) space. IDaaS will strike a balance between on-premise and cloud identity management, as well as significantly lower the cost of ownership of IAM solutions.

Frost & Sullivan analysis titled, Technologies Empowering Future of Identify Management, finds that IAM challenges are more business-centric than technology-centric. Segments such as administration, authentication and auditing are developing technologies to improve service accuracy and cost efficiency. Emerging services like Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) are contributing heavily to the growth of IAM technologies.

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“The shifting of enterprise solutions to the cloud has created a complex architecture that requires more advanced IAM solutions than the ones currently offered by traditional identity management vendors,” noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Industry Analyst Swapnadeep Nayak. “The emergence of IDaaS has proven beneficial to enterprises, as it will assist with regulatory compliance, reduce the expenses involved in extending on-premise solutions to the cloud, and support the same features as enterprises’ legacy systems.”

As most of the recent IT trends have been mobile centric, IAM solution providers need to ensure their innovations are mobile friendly to attract the attention of enterprises. Supporting cross-platform visualization and advanced analytics, as well as portable biometric technology, will give a huge boost to technology adoption rates.

“Biometric authentication is a key area that is experiencing significant technology development, especially with regard to accuracy levels of validation and flexibility of usage,” noted Nayak. “Analytics is also growing rapidly due to the emergence of futuristic solutions like neural networks and machine learning.”

Technologies Empowering Future of Identity Management is part of Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision (Information & Communication) Growth Partnership Service program.