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K15460Automatic Defense Against Zero-day Polymorphic Worms in Communication Networks by Mohssen Mohammed and Al-Sakib Khan Pathan; ISBN 9781466557277
Android Security: Attacks and Defenses by Anmol Misra and Abhishek Dubey; ISBN 9781439896464
Data Mining Tools for Malware Detection by Mehedy Masud, Latifur Khan, and Bhavani Thuraisingham; ISBN 9781439854549
Defense against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect against It by Jesse Varsalone and Matthew McFadden; ISBN 9781439821190
Android Malware and Analysis by Ken Dunham; ISBN 9781482252194
Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Guide by Rafay Baloch; ISBN 9781482231618

New F-Secure Threat Report: Ransomware Rising, Even on Android

The New Threat Report from F-Secure Labs Reveals the Latest Details on Threats to PC, Mac and Mobile

San Jose, CA (Sep 8, 2014) - The first half 2014 saw an increase in online attacks that lock up user data and hold it for ransom -- even on mobile devices. According to F-Secure Labs' brand new 1H 2014 Threat Report, rising numbers of attacks from malicious software known as ransomware underscore the importance of data security for home, enterprise and government users. Ransomware demands payment of a sum in exchange for unlocking a user's files.

On the mobile front, in Q2 of 2014, 295 new threat families and variants were discovered -- 294 on Android and one on iOS. That's up from the first quarter, during which 277 threats were discovered, 275 targeting Android. The top Android threats in Q2 were Trojans that either send SMS messages to premium numbers, or harvest data from a device and forward it on to a remote server. The Slocker malware reported in June, which pretends to be a legitimate app, was the first ransomware to appear on the mobile platform.

In PC threats, of the top 10 detections, the largest share (31 percent) were of the six-year-old Downadup/Conficker worm. The worm has infected millions of computers in over 200 countries. This worm's long life is mostly due to computers that run old software -- illustrating the importance of keeping a computer's software up to date so that old security flaws will be patched.

New Mac malware continues to surface. 25 new Mac threat variants were discovered in the first half of 2014, some of which were used in targeted attacks against organizations. That's up from 18 discovered in July-December of last year, but lower than the 33 discovered in 1H of last year.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, and Sean Sullivan, security advisor, both of F-Secure Labs, discussed the first half of the year's events in a webinar this past Friday. They also discussed the Havex trojan, which F-Secure researchers in June revealed was targeting industrial control systems.

"Details emerged earlier this year that paint a fascinating picture of crime-based malware evolving into espionage-ware," said Sullivan. "The bad guys out there are targeting far more that credit cards these days. Everything is of interest and there are likely a significant number of buyers for corporate data."

To find out the top countries for Android malware, the safest online market for mobile apps, and for more details about all the threats to PC, Mac and mobile, check out the full 1H 2014 Threat Report.

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