Hackers and Virus-makers Retrying Their Luck on Android and Windows Phones

When you look at the scope of Android malware (malicious software/viruses), and then think about Windows Phone malware, it’s as if hackers and virus-makers (“cybercriminals”) are retrying their own luck. What is meant by this? Years ago when malware started gaining big time (probably around 2000), these cybercriminals tried a number of ways to hack the Windows API/kernel, causing innumerable issues for Windows users. Now, today’s market looks like it’s being done all over again.

During the 2000s era, it seemed like we had quite a few different types of malware. Here are those types explained in today’s market for smartphone malware:

  • Dialer: a trojan app/program that automatically dials premium rate numbers and attempts to rack up charges on the user’s phone bill. This can be highly costly, so removing it immediately is the best option.
  • Trojan: a common name for any type of app/program that is designed to look like it does one thing, but it’s code does something else untrustworthy. Many options trojans pick would be the stealing of personal data off of the device, or changing the settings of a device to make it behave a different way.
  • Virus: a self-replicating piece of code, infects other files, or just damages files on devices.
  • Spyware: another trojan app/program, which decides to attempt the stealing of personal data on the user’s device.
  • Adware: another trojan app/program designed to show ads to the user, sometimes flooding their screen. Commonly, these ads are personalized for the user, by getting a scope of the type of apps they have.
  • Rootkit: a piece of trojan code, designed to get administrator privileges on the device, and then take control (and manipulate) of the system.

As you can see, some of those issues are as prevalent on mobile devices as they were on Windows operating systems in the 2000s era.

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