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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.

Published Wed, May 7 2014 6:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM 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.

Cybercriminals target users with phishing scams aimed at mobile apps | TweakTown.com

"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 SOURCE:cio.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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