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Almost half of mobile malware are hidden apps

Fake reviews are as much a part of the malware distributors armoury as any scammer on Amazon…:

[…] Using the authorized app stores [such as the App Store and Google Play] is very important, “but also don’t necessarily rely on reviews as an example of legitimacy,” Samani advised, adding that there are examples detailed in the report with some malicious apps writing fake reviews.

One way to tell is by looking for reviews that reuse the same simple phrases, as they are probably an indication of fake reviews pumping up a suspicious or malicious app, the report said.

Use of “up-to-date security software is imperative since new malicious apps will be identified and subsequently removed from the device,” Samani said.

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Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.
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