Kaspersky Lab draws attention to fake antivirus apps

Kaspersky Lab draws attention to fake antivirus apps

“App stores are being flooded with fake antivirus programs, Kaspersky Lab has warned.

Fake virus scanning apps are increasingly being distributed to security-conscious smartphone users, according to one top security vendor.

On Thursday (15 May 2014), Kaspersky Lab drew attention to the trend through a blog post that provided two examples of its own brand being exploited by scammers.

In one case, a counterfeit paid app called Kaspersky Mobile was uploaded to the Windows Phone Store, while in another, Android users were targeted by a fake freebie entitled Kaspersky Antivirus 2014.”

This is something that has been happening for a while now and it is something that needs to be bought to the attention of the general digital user.

Any app that is not downloaded through the Apple store or google’s App store has the potential to deliver malicious software to the device using it.

In the android arena this can also include all smart devices.

Roger Smith, is an educator. Teaching students at ADFA (UNSW) and showing them how vulnerable they are to cybercrime.

He is also CEO at R & I ICT Consulting Services Pty Ltd, an Amazon #1 author on Cybercrime and founder of the SME Security Framework. He is a Consultant who specialises in inexpensive and highly effective security strategies for small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations.

He has developed and authored the SME Security Framework and the Security Policy Training Course which are considered to be the definitive guides to helping SME's protect their organisation using the principles of Technology, Management, Adaptability and Compliance.