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With news of cyber-espionage making headlines, enterprises are taking a closer look at the threats that can impact their business and ultimately their bottom line. McAfee Labs has analyzed the threats of the past quarter for emerging trends, which center on mobile and overall malware. With BYOD becoming ubiquitous, threats that once were considered consumer problems are now becoming issues for the enterprise as well. Following are the top six threats to enterprise security. This presentation originated at Information Management magazine.
Attackers use legitimate apps as cover for their malicious code. In the case of KaoSpy, attackers used modified versions of the Kakao talk app and targeted Tibetan activists; this malware is distributed using phishing emails. The malicious spyware collects a large amount of sensitive user information (contacts, call logs, SMS messages, installed applications, and location) and uploads the data to the attackers server. But not all Trojans are so narrowly targeted; BadNews pretended to be a legitimate game app, which in turn collected sensitive user information and sent it to the attacker. As far as BYOD goes, if employees have access to sensitive information, this can be disastrous to an organization.