FireEye launches cloud-based Mobile Threat Prevention for Android
Digital security provider FireEye is rolling out Mobile Threat Prevention, a cloud-based platform built to address cyber-threats targeting devices running Google's Android mobile operating system.
Instead of targeting conventional malware signatures, FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention isolates Android apps within the firm's Multi-Vector Virtual Execution engine, which provides automated mobile threat assessment tools to enforce security policies within their mobile environment.
FireEye assesses an app's behavior, detecting hidden malicious and unwanted functionality and conducts contextual analysis to connect seemingly disparate actions and form a complete portrait of potentially malicious behaviors.
FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention also includes on-demand threat assessments covering both custom applications and apps installed from commercial or enterprise app stores, a threat database containing behaviors across more than one million apps, play-by-play analysis of suspicious apps and application programming interfaces that integrate with mobile management and endpoint solutions.
Android is under attack by more than a million malware threats and high-risk applications, according to data recently issued by security software firm Trend Micro. Earlier this month, FireEye researchers discovered a growing class of mobile threats represented by a popular ad library affecting apps with more than 200 million downloads in total.
"This ad library, anonymized as 'Vulna,' is aggressive at collecting sensitive data and is able to perform dangerous operations such as downloading and running new components on demand," FireEye researchers explained on the company's blog.
FireEye has informed Google about the security issues Vulna poses and said the company is taking steps to contain the threat.
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