July 16, 2014

U.S. targeted by coercive mobile ransomware impersonating the FBI

FBI-warningLookout has discovered a highly concerning piece of malware that targets the U.S. The malware can render your phone inoperable, can cause loss of access to data, and otherwise attempts to extort you with a fairly scary message: you’re being investigated by the FBI, you’re a criminal.

We call this family ScarePakage. It masquerades as well-known apps, such as Adobe Flash and a number of anti-virus applications, and pretends to scan your phone upon launch. After completing the fake scan it locks your phone. You can’t navigate away and if you try to reboot, the fake FBI message will be the first thing you see when the phone turns on.

Category:   Alerts  •  malware
July 10, 2014

Sorry, mobile mining likely isn’t going to be profitable — unless you’re criminal

Bitcoin Litecoin

Mobile mining is not going to be the next big way to make money on mobile. That is, if you want to avoid criminal behavior.

Digital currency miners are a curious new trend in the mobile world and we’ve seen quite a few of them including BadLepricon, CoinKrypt, Widdit, FreeLotto, and TokenCrypt. But while we’ve looked them over and over, we just don’t see a situation in which mobile miners can truly be profitable — unless they’re criminal.

Category:   Featured  •  Mobile Tips + Tricks
July 2, 2014

Brits: A nation prone to fat-finger dialing, contact deleting, and other ‘phone pas’

A whopping 72% of Brits regularly commit ‘phone pas’ – whether it’s leaving their phone on the car roof before driving off, sending the wrong text message or partying and forgetting your phone (a la dear Prince Harry) – according to new research from Lookout. Phone pas definition But despite being a nation of phone pas, mistake makers, only 62% of Brits aren’t taking steps to protect themselves from well, themselves, on their mobile phones.

When it comes to phone pas, Brits are their own worst enemy, often sabotaged by their mobile clumsiness. The most common phone pas is ‘finger fumbling’ with nearly half of Brits (41%) admitting to red faces after accidently pressing the wrong button on their phone.

Here are the top 5 British phone pas:

Phone Pas Finger

With our growing dependence on mobile phones, it’s not surprising that phone pas is an issue. One in 10 Brits commit phone pas at least once a week. In fact, it’s the nation’s second worst faux pas (18%), just behind fashion faux pas such as wearing socks with sandals (20%). It comes out ahead of work faux pas (15%) and social faux pas (8%).

Why so many phone pas?

Being rushed or in a hurry is the top reason for phone pas in the UK, with a third (31%) citing this as the most common reason. Clumsiness is also high up there, with 22% claiming this to be the culprit.

Why So Many Phone Pas?

People are very much aware that their phone could fall into the wrong hands, but they don’t necessarily consider what happens in their own hands. It’s just as important to protect mobile phones from ourselves – after all we are all mistake makers, we’re only human!

Key statistics:

The top ten phone pas committed by Brits:

  1. Finger fumbling (41%)
  2. Calling/texting the wrong person (33%)
  3. Pocket dialling (27%)
  4. Predictive text fail (25%)
  5. Losing your phone at home (19%)
  6. Accidentally wiping contacts (17%)
  7. Cracking phone screen (15%)
  8. Face drop whilst lying down (14%)
  9. Accidentally playing music / audio out of phone speakers (13%)
  10. Toilet drop (11%)

When not committing phone pas ourselves, Britain’s top five most annoying phone pas:

  1. Someone playing loud music/audio out of their phone speakers or talking to loudly on the phone (56%)
  2. Someone bumping into you whilst using their phone (40%)
  3. Receiving a text that doesn’t make sense (30%)
  4. Getting a pocket dial or accidental text or call (23%)
  5. Catching someone snooping on your phone (23%)


Category:   Lookout News
July 2, 2014

A new look for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Lookout is a unique security company. While the industry has traditionally relied on aggressive, fear-inspiring tactics to push their products forward, from the very beginning Lookout has been about peace of mind and empowering people to make good decisions with their mobile devices.

This has always been the foundation of our brand, and we wanted to take another step forward in representing this within our products. Today we’re happy to release a new version of our iOS app with a visual refresh that better represents our brand, our approach and our values. Open the Lookout app now to see the new update and be reassured that Everything is OK.


Category:   Apple  •  Lookout News
July 2, 2014

Check out the Lookout Hackers Blog

Lookout engineerI’m consistently amazed, impressed with, and proud of the deep engineering talent we have at Lookout. We’re at the center of mobile, security, cloud infrastructure and big data, which is awesome from an engineering perspective. It means we get to learn, apply, and create new technologies to hard problems on a daily basis.

Category:   Lookout News