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Helping build a safer mobile gaming industry in Malaysia: Trend Micro

AvantiKumar | July 22, 2014
As well as forming the Safe Gaming Alliance with Asia game developers, Trend Micro has launched Dr Safety, a free mobile app with a unique security certified games recommendations feature.

- Consumers in Malaysia are avid gamers - 75 percent of respondents in Malaysia play mobile games at least once a week, with 46 percent gaming daily. In terms of mobile gaming app downloads, 37 percent of consumers download gaming apps weekly, while 26 percent download gaming apps monthly.
- While consumers in Malaysia love mobile gaming, many are not willing to spend more than US$2 on mobile gaming apps - 67 percent of respondents in Malaysia will not pay more than USD$2 per app.
- On average, less than half of surveyed parents are involved in their children's mobile lifestyle - Only 41 percent of respondents in Malaysia are aware of what their children play on mobile devices even though 48 percent of respondents game frequently with family members and friends.
- More than half of respondents in Malaysia are vulnerable to mobile threats - Only 19 percent of respondents in Malaysia have security or anti-virus apps installed on their mobile phones. When asked if they have encountered or downloaded fake or risky apps, 38 percent indicated they have, while 23 percent said they do not know if they have downloaded fake apps.
- Most consumers in Malaysia do not check if their apps are authentic - Only 23 percent of respondents in Malaysia check their apps following download from the app stores.
He said that the number of mobile malware and high-risk apps hit 2 million according to Trend Micro's first quarter security roundup for 2014. The mobile threat landscape was quickly resembling today's PC threat landscape wherein vulnerabilities are discovered one after another since June 2013.

The Android "master key" vulnerability, which affected almost all devices, could make any mobile malware 'legitimate.'  Tang said that vulnerabilities in device accessories like SIM cards and fake iPhone chargers also came to the fore.

"A platform bug that could also trap a device in an endless reboot loop and another that could leak user data soon followed. Most recently, the Heartbleed vulnerability posed a risk to mobile devices," he said.

Tang said that it was "no secret that cybercriminals are actively repacking popular mobile gaming apps for malicious intent. These apps are not only hosted on malicious sites but even in legitimate app stores. One good example is the recent case of trojanised Flappy Bird, which was repackaged and injected with malicious code and downloaded by countless of unsuspecting users within the first 24 hours following the announcement of the official apps' withdrawal from the app store."

Trend Micro Dr. Safety is a free mobile app [available on Google Play] with a game application recommendation function, and provided 100 percent detection according to AV-TEST and is also certified by PCSL and AV-Comparatives. The app supports English, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Traditional), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.


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