Android Malware

One of the key security issues facing organizations that support Android devices is the risk of rooting malware. A number of malware families on the Android mobile OS attempt to obtain root access once installed because the elevated privileges gained come in handy to perform malicious activities. There is, however, a way to detect rooting and protect your organization and mobile application users from malicious attacks – Runtime Application Self-Protection… Read more

Protecting against the BankBot Android banking malware using RASP

Earlier this month the Dutch company Securify came across a new sample of the BankBot Android mobile banking malware. While older samples of BankBot mainly targeted Russian financial institutions, the latest sample shows that BankBot now targets European and American banks as well. More specifically BankBot now targets over 420 leading banks in countries such as Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States. VASCO’s Threat Research analysts… Read more

Memo to Hollywood – Stop Portraying Hackers as Heros

From the onset of films featuring hackers, they have been incorrectly characterized as smart, sophisticated, and heroic.  Way back in ’83, WarGames featured boy-genius Matthew Broderick finding a backdoor into a military central computer and almost starting World War 3. Sneakers cast movie idol Robert Redford as the fearless leader of an ad hoc hacking group in 1992. The Matrix hit theaters in 1999 with Keanu Reeves establishing himself as… Read more

May 22, 2014 - Marc Pletinckx
Should mobile apps be secured with strong authentication?

The answer is – obviously – YES, especially when you look at the kind of malware and vulnerabilities that are roaming around. When you launch your latest purchased app on your smartphone or tablet for the first time, you are asked to fill in your username and password. There is a big chance that those credentials are then memorized by the app, so that this information resides somewhere on your phone… Read more

How computer attackers have changed

Computer security veteran Graham Cluley is speaking this week at the InfoSec show in London on the VASCO Data Security booth. Below he talks about how the perpetrators of online attacks have changed over the last 30 years. In the mid-1980s, when computer malware first emerged, it was very different from how things are today. For one thing, many people weren’t even sure if computer viruses truly existed or if… Read more