First examples of this kind of Malware on Android.[/b]
This Android Trojan is called 'NotCompatible', and its distributed using a web page containing a hidden iFrame.
A newly discovered Trojan by Lookout Mobile Security called "NotCompatible", is one of the first examples of an Android "drive-by" malware from an ordinary website, which is a dangerous type of automatic attack more commonly used to infect Windows PCs.
This one is distributed using a web page containing a hidden iFrame.
The security company says that, while is not sophisticated, it might fool some users.
Any Android browser visiting an affected page (the attack ignores PC browsers) will automatically start downloading the malware without the user being aware that this has happened.
This isn't quite a PC drive-by attack because the user still needs to install the app, at which point it relies on the user having ticked the "Unknown Sources" box (in most cases this box would be unticked) that allows non-market apps to be installed.
The rough equivalent of this layer on a Vista or Windows 7 PC would be the User Access Control (UAC) which is usually circumvented using social engineering or by misrepresenting the nature of the application.
Also, apparently, as of right now the purpose of the infection is a "bit" of a mystery.
Well, there you go, you should be extra careful, as mobile malware now can get into devices without having to visit third-party app sites, which was the case up until now.
"This specific sample, while relatively well constructed, does not appear to go to great lengths to hide its intended purpose: it can be used to access private networks," said Lookout's blog.
"This feature in itself could be significant for system IT administrators: a device infected with NotCompatible could potentially be used to gain access to normally protected information or systems, such as those maintained by enterprise or government."
NEWS SOURCE: http://www.pcworld.com/article/25553...re_attack.html
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