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FBI Issues Warning of Malicious Mobile Malware

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued a warning of malicious malware on mobile phones. This special task force is part of the FBI and issued a response to the alarming number of complaints on Friday,October 12, 2012. The warning stated "The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFisher." Additionally, the IC3 detected SMS-sending malware, mobile botnets, spyware, and Trojans on a number of mobile operating devices and systems. The warning extends beyond the Android to Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Apple products running iOS.

The problem has affected mobile technologies within the U.S. and in Japan and has compromised contact details from stored user contact addresses from the infected device's phone number, remote control and monitoring of a mobile device, viruses, and other means of leeching personal information and private data. Preventing such mobile device attacks is the easiest way to keep privacy and data protected. Many recommend mobile device users take the following precautions: installing malware protection, using operating system encryption, implementing passcode protection, and only downloading apps from trusted sources while avoiding apps which geolocate, and not connecting to unknown wireless networks greatly amp mobile security.

Despite precautions, the incidence of malware is on the rise. Reputable antivirus and malware experts suggest malware has grown at the fastest rate in four years with a 1.5 million rate increase since 2008. Over 8 million new varieties of malware with a total of over 90 million unique strands of malware were detected by Intel during the second quarter of this year. The payout is huge for hackers, who earn up to six figures for every attack, and those on the offense. Microsoft, Mozilla, and Google have taken great measures to ensure the safety of their products and users.

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