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RSA Mobile Malware Webcast Recap

Julia Rapp

RSA Mobile Malware Webcast Recap

When we think about digital age risks, cybercrime and fraud, we tend to focus on computers as the point of entry for criminals. Mobile phones are also vulnerable though. As a part of their Special Edition Webcast series, RSA presented Anti-Fraud, Part 2 on March 18th addressing the topic of mobile malware. The presentation from Maurits Lucas and Alex Phillips of Intel 471 was enlightening. They clarified that mobile malware is a threat to Android users. iOS devices aren’t targeted by criminals in the same way because they require too much effort for too little return, according to Lucas. The most common malware from the presentation are capable of recording your screen, enabling remote control, blocking or sending SMS-text messages at will, and more. Criminals are also able to block your bank from contacting you about suspected fraud activity.

If you’re an Android user, it may sound like the sky is falling. There are however steps you can take to keep your mobile device and personal information protected though. Keeping your phone’s software up to date is the easiest step to take. It may seem like a chore, but those extra fifteen minutes will help eliminate vulnerabilities that criminals take advantage of. Be wary of applications asking for permissions they don’t need in order to work. A flashlight app doesn’t need to know your location, for example. And as always, be cautious when it comes to clicking on links that are emailed or texted to you.