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Fake Netflix App Catches Would be Consumers

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Fake Netflix App  catches would be consumers  and are downloading a trojan allowing hackers to secretly spy on conversations, use the camera and microphone, and even access contacts and messages.

Security should be top priority for mobile developers to protect consumers

With the recent surge in fake apps tricking consumers out of personal data, experts are warning that manufacturers and developers of mobile devices need to make security a top priority in the design process to mitigate the serious risks posed by hackers.

As recently as last month, numerous consumers fell foul of a fake Netflix app that infiltrated devices via a trojan allowing hackers to secretly spy on conversations, use the camera and microphone, and access contacts and messages.

Jason Fry is a cybersecurity specialist at pav.co.uk.  He has worked with numerous corporate and independent businesses across the UK helping them to review and update their cybersecurity policies, procedures and solutions.  He said:

“The rise in fake apps, particularly those purporting to be from recognisable brands, has brought a new level of scam potential for cybercriminals with millions of people being duped out of confidential data such as bank details and passwords.

“Whilst the fraudsters are constantly refining and improving the ways to trick unsuspecting targets, one of the main problems is the vulnerability of the devices themselves, which aren’t designed with security as a primary concern.”

And as mobile and tablet usage now officially exceeds that of PCs and laptops, the problem is teetering on the edge of a colossal cybersecurity fallout.  Jason says this could result in ever increasing issues with apps that are available to download from reputable stores but, once installed, upload vicious malware or fool targets into entering personal information, bank account details and passwords.