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Chinese Ad Firm Infected 85 Million Android Users to Get More Clicks

Chinese Ad Firm Infected 85 Million Android Users to Get More Clicks
Jul 05, 2016
An Android-based malware campaign has been found to control as many as 85 million Android devices globally and is making its gang an estimated $300,000 per month in fraudulent ad revenue. A Chinese advertising company called Yingmob is responsible for distributing the malware on a massive scale and would appear to be the same firm behind Yispecter iOS malware , cybersecurity company Check Point revealed. Yingmob, based in Chongqing, China, markets itself as an advertising firm, claiming to provide easy-to-deploy ads support (text, pictures and video ads), without affecting the user experience. The service offers pop-up, sidebar, and in-app ads. However, Check Point researchers claim that the company's "Development Team for Overseas Platform" is responsible for two of the biggest waves of malware: HummingBad for Android and Yispecter for iOS. "Yingmob runs alongside a legitimate Chinese advertising analytics company, sharing its resources and technolog

Suspected Wirelurker iOS Malware Creators Arrested in China

Suspected Wirelurker iOS Malware Creators Arrested in China
Nov 18, 2014
It's been almost two weeks since the WireLurker malware existence was revealed for the first time, and Chinese authorities have arrested three suspects who are allegedly the authors of the Mac- and iOS-based malware that may have infected as many as hundreds of thousands of Apple users. The Beijing Bureau of Public security has announced the arrest of three suspects charged with distributing the WireLurker malware through a popular Chinese third-party online app store. The authorities also say the website that was responsible for spreading the malware has also been shut down. "WireLurker" malware was originally discovered earlier this month by security firm Palo Alto Networks targeting Apple users in China. The malware appeared as the first malicious software program that has ability to penetrate the iPhone's strict software controls. The main concern to worry about this threat was its ability to attack non-jailbroken iOS devices. Once a device infected

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'AdThief' Chinese Malware Infects Over 75,000 Jailbroken iOS devices

'AdThief' Chinese Malware Infects Over 75,000 Jailbroken iOS devices
Aug 20, 2014
If you have jailbroken your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and have downloaded pirated tweaks from pirated repositories, then you may be infected by "AdThief" malware, a Chinese malware that is now installed on more than 75,000 iPhone devices. According to a recent research paper published on Virus Bulletin by the Security Researcher Axelle Apvrille , the malware, also known as " spad ," was first discovered by security researcher Claud Xiao in March this year. Till now, AdThief aka Spad malware has hijacked an estimated 22 million advertisements and stealing revenue from developers on the iOS jailbreak community, Axelle Apvrille says. The malware allegedly infects iOS jailbroken devices by disguising itself as Cydia Substrate extension, presents only on jailbroken Apple devices, when a malware infected Cydia package is downloaded and installed by the unsuspecting user. Once installed, the malware modifies certain advertisements displayed on your iOS devi
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