mobile-based malware: Cert-In warns users about mobile-based malware and methods employed to infect devices

New Delhi: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert- In) on Monday issued an advisory, warning users about the various types of mobile-based malware and the methods employed by them to infect devices.

The advisory warned that malware such as Adware, cryptocurrency mining malware, remote access tools, mobile banking and short messaging service trojans, mobile spyware and ransomware were active and users must ensure they are safe from them.

Explaining the ways in which these malware work, Cert In said that users must be aware of fake applications and websites which entice users by using legitimate company names or references.

“They can persistently push ads, track and report location, and other sensitive information or subscribe users to premiums services without consent,” Cert In said in its advisory.

To avoid falling victim to these malware and their methods, Cert In suggested that users keep their operating systems and apps updated, use strong authentication, disable unneeded network radios, install security software, and always deleting data before discarding the device.

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