back to article Screen overlay malware on the rise as bot scum battle for dominance

IBM malware murderer Limor Kessem says Android VXers are using legitimate screen overlay features to hose handsets. Screen overlays do what it says on the can: applications with appropriate permission can monitor other apps and then overlay to allow entry or retrieval of data. The technique is legitimately used by popular …

  1. TeeCee Gold badge
    Meh

    Mobile antivirus vendors routinely claim they can detect and crimp this class of threat.

    The operative word in there being "claim". After all if they were useless at it they would never say so, that sort of admission is not good for sales figures.

    The other slight snag here is that the one thing this sort of scare story does well is to ensure a healthy takeup of any "FREE11!!111 Antiviruz scannur" apps that may be on offer....

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Screen overlay on a platform

    notorious for the way it handles permissions. Now what in the world could possibly go wrong!

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