Android malware has increased by three times this year over last. These are made up of for-profit trojan horse programs, botnets and spyware. Unlike older platforms(e.g. PC, Mac) or other mobile platforms(e.g. Palm, Symbian, Windows Mobile) which have all had parasitic file-infecting viruses, Android appears to have been spared. Writing malware that propagates on its own, without requiring user interaction, while potentially more malicious than a trojan is also more creative.
The presentation will not provide recipes for writing an Android virus, but it will discuss the resources available to attackers:
-Methods of infecting executables
-Methods for gaining control from the original app
-Methods used to avoid detection (existing only)
Examples of legitimate apps that currently provide these resources will be discussed.
Jimmy Shah Jimmy Shah is a Mobile Security Researcher for McAfee. He works in mobile/embedded systems security. If it's lighter than a car, has a microprocessor, and is likely to be a target, then it's probably his problem. He regularly presents on mobile threat research at computer security conferences.