New Google Play malware can spy on users by taking photos and intercepting messages

Security roundup: Trojan promises naked videos of Facebook friends

This week’s security news reveals the latest scam to hit Facebook, new Google Play malware, and more.

Bitdefender Labs has discovered that the UK is the second most affected country in a new Facebook scam that tricks users into installing a Trojan by promising the provide access to naked videos of their friends.

“When clicking the link that promises videos of their friends naked, users are redirected to a fake YouTube site where a FlashPlayer.exe file deploys a Trojan,” states Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender.

Meanwhile, Zscaler has discovered a new piece of custom malware on the Google Play store aimed at users in western countries.

Dendroid is designed to evade detection by Bouncer, the malware protection system used by Google on the Play Store, and can spy on users by taking photos and intercepting messages.

"Dendroid is a prime example of the increasing sophistication of the mobile malware industry,” said Michael Sutton, VP of security research at Zscaler. “Attackers no longer need the skills necessary to create an end to end attack.”

Kaspersky Lab has revealed that more than 45 per cent of users who manage their finances online are sure their bank will refund them if they are targeted by cyber theft.

In other news, Europol has warned that people should not send sensitive information over public Wi-Fi spots.

F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan has responded to the news, commenting: "Europol has issued a warning due to a growing number of attacks? Better late than never, I suppose. But really, this has been a concern for years, that’s why sensible companies force employees to use VPN connections.”

Kaspersky’s David Emm added: “You never know what the guy with the laptop at the next table might be doing. Maybe, like you, he’s checking his email, updating his Facebook page or chatting with friends. But maybe he’s sniffing the Internet traffic of everyone around him – including yours.”

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