Malware

Hotspot Shield lets your Android surf safely over public Wi-Fi

Looking for a little safety and mobile privacy at that public hotspot? AnchorFree’s Hotspot Shield app might be worth the look for your Android device: The new software is a multi-purpose mobile utility, combining VPN web browsing with anti-malware and broadband data compression.

Android Market employs a bouncer to keep malware out

Google is addressing growing concerns about malware in Android Market with the formal unveiling of a scanning service called Bouncer that will attempt to weed out bad apps in its marketplace. The move should help Google address growing concerns about malware in Android apps.

Amid growing sales, Android attracts more malware

McAfee said Android took the top spot in mobile malware attacks in the second quarter, growing 76 percent from last quarter, moving past Symbian OS and J2ME. Android had 44 attacks last quarter, compared to 14 for J2ME and 4 each for Symbian and Blackberry.

Apple Will Zap Mac Defender Malware With Update

Apple posted a short support article late Tuesday called “How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware,” which provides instructions on dealing with an existing malware infection, and also promises an update in the near future that will automatically seek it out and remove it.

Malware Attack Highlights Android Market Security

Google has apparently pulled more than 50 Android apps that were pirated and infected with malware which transmitted information from the apps. The issue highlights some of the vulnerabilities of the marketplace, which can be exploited through its openness.

Mobile Trojan Malware Targets Android Devices

Mobile security firm Lookout is sounding the alarm about a Trojan targeting Android devices that, while confined to China so far, represents one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware its seen to date. The malware, named “Geinimi” is the first Trojan to display botnet-like capabilities.

No Microsoft, General Taxation Is Not the Answer to Malware

Today at the RSA conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney proposed an Internet usage tax to fight malware infections and the effects of botnets. Do users at large really need to pay for one of Microsoft’s own most costly problems?