ESET Mobile Security scores full marks in banking Trojan test

ESET Mobile Security has scored full marks for detecting mobile banking Trojans, in a group test conducted by Germany’s AV-TEST , a leading independent security research institute.

In a group test of 11 security apps, ESET Mobile Security detected 100% of threats.

“AV-TEST checked 11 security apps to see if they were able to detect newly discovered apps infected by hidden banking Trojans,” says ESET Senior Research Fellow Righard Zwienenberg. “Attackers are spreading apps named ‘EV-SSL-Zertifikat’ or ‘Smart 1.2 App Security’.”

The test results were, Zwienenberg says, “only partially soothing”. Six out of 11 apps failed. Only five detected all 11 of the threats in the test – among them ESET Mobile Security.

“The detection rate went down heavily with other vendors,” says Zwienenberg.

“Right now, criminals are spreading several apps infected by Trojans. The malware attempts to intercepts mobile TAN (transaction authentication numbers) on the smartphone and thus enable transactions to third-party bank accounts. AV-Test advice is: do not install apps from unknown sources and be certain to use a security app on your smartphone. ”

Earlier this month, Poland’s influential CHIP magazine awarded ESET Smart Security its top prize in its antivirus product category.

Author Rob Waugh, We Live Security

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