Cybercriminals Target Female Smartphone Users
mobilesecurity.com [London, UK] When it comes to targeting the sexes, generally malware has targeted men by enticing them to view videos or pictures of sexual content—Android malware is no different. For instance, Android.Oneclickfraud attempts to coerce a user into paying for a pornographic service and certain Android.Opfake variants are designed to allow users to view adult videos, but secretly send SMS texts to premium-rate numbers in the background. Recently, however, Symantec discovered Android.Loozfon, a rare example of malware that targets female Android users.
A group of scammers is attempting to lure female Android users in Japan into downloading an app by sending emails stating how the recipient can easily make some money. The email includes a link to a site that appears to be designed to assist women to make money simply by sending emails. When a certain link on the site is clicked, Android.Loozfon is downloaded onto the device. Other links direct the user to a dating service site that likely attempts to charge money to use the service, which supposedly helps women meet rich men.