Asia sees highest mobile malware infection rates

According to the latest McAfee Labs threat report, Asia and Africa registered the highest mobile malware infection rates in the final quarter of 2014. There are now 387 new samples of malware detected every minute, or more than 6 every second globally.

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The report also revealed detailed assessments of the mobile threat landscape and the failure of mobile app developers to patch critical secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities, potentially impacting millions of mobile phone users.

According to a 2014 Nielsen study of about 5,000 smartphone users, an average person has 27 apps on his or her smartphone and uses them more than 30 hours a month. Many of these mobile apps attempt to securely connect to their companion websites. McAfee Labs found that 18 of the top 25 mobile apps cited as vulnerable by CERT in September 2014 are still vulnerable in January 2015. The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services.

In Q4, McAfee Labs detected PUPs on 91 million systems each day. McAfee Labs sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data.

The number of new ransomware samples began to grow again in Q3 after a four-quarter decline. In Q4, the number of new samples grew 155 percent.

For a list of safety tips on how individual users can protect themselves from the threats details in the report, visit http://mcaf.ee/5z86x

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