Malware or malicious software like Trojans, computer viruses, spyware and adware is a huge problem. Last year alone there were an estimated 27 million new strains of malware, which costs the U.S. about 4.5 billion dollars. It is essential for businesses and their managed services providers to stay ahead of the latest technology bugs and prevent them from infecting their devices.


Recently, there are some types of malware infiltrating specific industries and devices. Below, we are taking a look at what are the newest malware trends to look out for and how to stop them in their tracks.


A newly discovered Trojan called PoSeidon is targeting retailer’s point-of-sale (PoS) systems using memory scraping. This method of attack scans the RAM of infected systems and looks for unencrypted strings that match up with consumer’s credit card information. The malware exploits the flaw in many retailer’s PoS systems — the lack of end-to-end encryption.

Android PowerOffHijack

A recent report found malware affects more Android devices than any other platform. PowerOffHijack is one of the most recent and problematic. PowerOffHijack is a sneaky malware that tricks mobile phone users into thinking that their phone is turned off. However, it is actually just fooling them by appearing inactive, while it accesses the phone and information and makes calls, sends texts, and takes pictures all on its own.

Other Security Tips:

  • Only download trusted or approved apps on mobile devices.
  • Install antivirus protection on mobile and desktop.
  • Use caution when opening emails and browsing the web.
  • Vary passwords.
  • Utilize end-to-end encryption.

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