Online gaming fans and World of Warcraft lovers, be careful! Blizzard, the game producer of World of Warcraft recently issued a warning about hack attacks. Apparently these attacks are taking place across both the game accounts, as well as the mobile apps (iPhone and Android). It’s especially concerning that the apps are a target of cybercriminals, as they provide access to the in-game auction house, which for those of you that aren’t die-hard World of Warcraft fans, is used to buy and sell in-game objects.
Bad news folks, ransomware is no longer all about PCs. It has evolved to now target mobile devices, specifically Androids. Masquerading as antivirus apps, these ransomware apps are actually tasked with locking up your smartphone, instead of defending it. Previously, ransomware has typically targeted bigger devices, like your personal computer, but given the huge amount of content that we now all store on our mobile devices, it’s no surprise that the cybercriminal behavior has evolved to target new and greater opportunities.
While you may not be interested in online gaming yourself, the simple fact of the matter is that your children are. Mobile games and online gaming have become one of the most loved activities of 9-16 year olds. In fact, gaming is even more popular than spending time on Facebook! This makes sense when you consider that online and mobile games run the gamut from sports, to missions, to interactive/group games, and often not only serve as a form of entertainment, but also help children to explore a range of interests while learning about teamwork.
It’s a very different world out there; the one our children are growing up in is certainly not the same world we grew up in. Technology has evolved quite dramatically, and as a result, we, as parents, often find ourselves unprepared for some of the most important conversations we need to be having with our children.
Malware can sit dormant on your smartphone for some time before it is activated and before you become aware of it. Researchers have found that the triggers may be as simple as music and light. Just by pulling out your phone and interacting with it in a cinema could trigger the malware into activation mode, via built-in sensors such as the microphone, camera, vibration sensor or magnetic field monitors. In other words, it’s not just your emails and internet access that makes your mobile susceptible to malware attacks.