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Cybercriminals target users with phishing scams aimed at mobile apps

Criminals are using phishing techniques to compromise mobile users, and have great success in doing so

By: Michael Hatamoto from May 7, 2014 @ 18:23 CDT

Cybercriminals are using social engineering techniques to exploit trust and compromise users, now finding mobile apps a great method to infect smartphones and tablets. Many mobile users, especially those unfamiliar with security measures, are willing to click suspicious links and install third-party applications.

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"To protect themselves, users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders, and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to security," said Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab head content analysis, in a statement to CIO. "Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used - they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike."

Malware creators are becoming more creative in their efforts, and find phishing to be a successful technique to compromise users.

NEWS SOURCES:cio.com

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