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The Mobile Phishing Threat You’ll See Very Soon: URL Padding


The fact that hackers are increasingly targeting mobile devices isn’t exactly a secret.

And really, it’s not surprising either. After all, most of us are practically glued to our smartphones throughout the day.

An SMS arrived? Better read it straight away.

New email? Let me at it.

Somebody I don’t care about updated their Facebook status? Great, let’s see what they’re up to.

The increased attack volume we’re seeing directed at mobile devices is really nothing more than recognition on the part of threat actors that mobile devices account for an increasingly large proportion of web traffic… but aren’t nearly as well protected as PCs and laptops.

So with all that in mind, it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that we have a new mobile phishing threat to tell you about.

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Topics: Mobile, Phish

Marcher and Other Mobile Threats: What You Need to Know

Posted by Joshua Shilko on May 26, '17

When most people think about cyber risk, they think primarily of their organization’s servers, PCs, and laptops, and how they might be vulnerable to attack.

But in recent years, the way in which users interact with the outside world has changed. In March this year, for the first time ever, Android overtook Windows to claim the largest share of Internet traffic.

And naturally, where users go, threat actors will surely follow.

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Topics: Mobile, Rogue Mobile Applications, Mobile Crimeware

FFIEC issues new guidance on mobile risks

Posted by Stacy Shelley on May 2, '16

This past Friday, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released new guidance to banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions regarding mobile financial services (MFS). These are the services that institutions provide to their customers through mobile devices, such as electronic payments, remote deposits, mobile apps, etc.

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Topics: ATO, Mobile, Compliance, FFIEC

Fraudster Phishing Users with Malicious Mobile Apps

Posted by Joshua Shilko on Apr 25, '16

Since the beginning of 2016, PhishLabs has observed a number of malicious mobile applications targeting users of popular payment card companies and online payment sites.  These attacks combine traditional, browser-based phishing attacks with the mobile platform in order to create convincing mobile applications. These applications claim to afford the user access to their accounts directly from their mobile device; however, their only functionality is the capability to collect credentials and personal information and deliver that stolen information to the attacker. Our research has indicated that these malicious applications have been created by the same actor or group of actors.

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Topics: Phishing, Brand Abuse Lure, Mobile

Mobile Spyware: Who is Reading Your Text Messages and Why?

Posted by Jason Davison, Threat Analyst on Jan 14, '16

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PhishLabs has recently discovered and analyzed a malicious mobile application that is being actively distributed via a SMiShing (phishing via text message) campaign which attempts to hijack two-factor authentication (one time password) by viewing the victim’s SMS messages.

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Topics: Mobile, Spyware

   

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