Kaspersky Lab Launches Free Android Application: Kaspersky Fake ID Scanner
The App Scans Smartphones
and Tablets for Vulnerabilities Harmful to Data, Financials and Privacy
Woburn, MA – August 15, 2014 -Kaspersky Lab
has today released the free mobile application, Kaspersky Fake ID Scanner, to safeguard consumers against various Android
vulnerabilities. The app scans smartphones and tablets for vulnerabilities that
put valuable data, privacy and even financials at risk.
There has been no
shortage of Android vulnerabilities in the last several months. One of the most
notable new vulnerabilities is Fake ID, which was found by experts at Bluebox Labs. The
vulnerability enables attackers to disguise any applications, including
malicious, as legitimate programs developed by well-known vendors. This
vulnerability like the Master Key vulnerability, which enables cybercriminals to access any Android
device with administrator privileges and launch software without the owner’s
knowledge, are high risks to consumers.
Although, as a
rule, Google quickly closes such vulnerabilities, millions of Android users
remain at risk, since it often takes device manufacturers a long time to update
firmware. Malware can use such vulnerabilities to make its way onto smartphones
and tablets, often disguised as popular applications, in order to steal
personal data stored on the devices, hijack user accounts on social networks,
steal online banking credentials, etc.
In order to
prevent such vulnerabilities from being exploited, Kaspersky Lab developed
Kaspersky Fake ID Scanner. The tool enables Android device owners to scan their
devices for vulnerabilities and safely determine that no applications that can
exploit those vulnerabilities are installed on their devices. If any threats
are detected, the Fake ID Scanner prompts the user to install a free version of
Kaspersky Internet Security for Android to remove the vulnerability. This award-winning
product will protect the device against malicious code regardless of the
vulnerabilities exploited by the malware.
application is compatible with Android 2.3 and later versions, and is available
in Google Play.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint
protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors
of security solutions for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year
history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides
effective digital security solutions for large enterprises, SMBs and consumers.
Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom,
currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe,
providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide
Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC
report "Worldwide Endpoint Security 2013–2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor
Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked software vendors according
to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.
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