Is It Finally Time To Start Worrying About Phone Viruses?

Consider yourself lucky if you have never had the hassle of the unending barrage of advertisements that enslave your phone rendering it almost useless. Afterward comes the futile trip to your phone’s service provider store. The helpful, twenty year-old clerk can’t find the home button. Then you end up forking over a big chunk of your next paycheck for a new phone and another few years of indentured servitude to your telecommunication company in monthly service plan fees.

Really, be glad it hasn’t happened to you because malware and phone viruses can ruin a day, or two.

This spring almost two million Android phone users were hit with the malware, FalseGuide. Unfortunately, this hidden malware was in late 2016 and early 2017 at the GooglePlay store. Google removed the offending apps and increased its surveillance security on the GooglePlay interface.

The offending bit of malware was thanks to a guide for Android games by the fake Russian developers, ‘Nikolai Zalupkin’ and ‘Sergei Vernik’.

Symanetec warned that FalseGuide is irreversible once your phone contracts the malware, then your phone will be made useless by an endless slew of advertisements.

So why would anyone put all the effort in ruining somebody’s phone with advertising for products the user obliviously won’t buy – who would buy anything promoted after it ruins your phone?

One theory is the real developers of this bug want to build a botnet. A botnet is basically a network of handsets, tablets, or personal computers regulated by malware authors. Bots are generally used to gain access to financial information or to put the network permanently out of service. The botnets can spread across technical platforms further extending the damage.

Worse case scenario, attackers intend to link a deadly code inserted in the foundation of the phone allowing for a complete Distributed denial-of-service which completely corrupts any device.

Symantec, Nokia and Check Point are on high alert during the spring of 2017. Advising users to understand that application stores can’t be trusted to protect customers from mobile botnets.

It is time to start worrying about phone viruses because lots of people have been struck with the unfortunate necessity of buying a new phone after theirs’ died from a nasty malware attack.

The Nokia Threat Intelligence Report is released biannually from Finland. The report studies broad progression of evolving malware threats and infections transmitted through stationary and mobile networks globally.

The most recent Nokia Threat Intelligence Report stated that mobile handsets have seen a surge in the number infected with malware. This distinct rise in damaged smartphones and primary IoT devices have increased the susceptibility of many consumers.

Io T stands for Internet of Things which represents the software, vehicles, sensors, actualizers and other technology connecting the web. The development of these insidious inconveniences mean it is now necessary to protect all your devices with a security platform similar to those employed on personal computers. Nokia offers the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security (NES) which protects one-hundred million users worldwide.