Rovio Selects NQ Mobile Subsidiary FL Mobile as Exclusive Publisher

DALLAS and BEIJING – Nov. 4, 2014, NQ Mobile™ Inc. (NQ Mobile) (NYSE: NQ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, today announced that gaming subsidiary FL Mobile™ has been selected by Rovio Entertainment LTD. (“Rovio”), the creator of Angry Birds, to be the exclusive publisher of “Angry Birds Seasons” for Android devices in Mainland China. The iOS version of the game has already proven popular in the country, as one of the top games in the puzzle category by download.

Angry Birds Seasons is a special edition of the world’s most popular game franchise that features the furious fowl bringing their captivating chaos to holidays and celebrations such as Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, the Moon Festival and more. Players are challenged with more than 300 levels and stay engaged through regular updates.

“Angry Birds is more than just the world’s most popular game franchise, it is a globally beloved brand and the most downloaded app ever,” said Dr. Tony Ni, CEO, FL Mobile. “Being entrusted by Rovio to publish one of their most engaging and dynamic games is a testament to our capabilities and reinforces our position among the top publishers of games in Mainland China.”

Rovio is the latest addition to FL Mobile’s rapidly growing list of partners for whom the company publishes and operates mobile games for iOS and Android. Additional third-party developers who entrust FL Mobile with their popular titles include Tencent, Baidu, Perfect World, Muhe Network, HardCore, Red Infinity, Tianjin Pictographic and 37 Interactive.


About NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services.  NQ Mobile is a mobile security pioneer with proven competency to acquire, engage, and monetize customers globally.  NQ Mobile’s portfolio includes mobile security and mobile games & advertising for the consumer market and consulting, mobile platforms and mobility services for the enterprise market.  As of December 31, 2013, NQ Mobile maintains a large, global user base of 481 million registered user accounts and 136 million monthly active user accounts through its consumer mobile security business, 107 million registered user accounts and 20 million monthly active user accounts through its mobile games & advertising business and over 1,250 enterprise customers.  NQ Mobile maintains dual headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA and Beijing, China. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit

About FL Mobile

FL mobile is a leading mobile game publisher and operator, with a mobile interest-based community platform that engages users in real-time mobile online activities. FL mobile has over 106.9 million registered users and 20.4 million monthly active users at the end of December 31, 2013. According to the data published by the third party marketing research company Sino MR, FL mobile is the top iOS mobile game publisher and operator in Chinese market. FL Mobile has recently published top ranking games, including: “Gods and Dragons,” “QQYujian-FL Extreme Edition,” “City of Splendors,” “Little Ninja,” “War Fire 1942,” “Gold Lost City,” and “Little Dragon.” For more information please visit

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio’s animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016.

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NQ Mobile Accelerates EMM Business in Japan

Agreement enables sales agencies to resell award-winning NQ Sky Enterprise Mobile Management Platform to Japanese Corporations

DALLAS and BEIJING, October 29, 2014 – NQ Mobile (NYSE: NQ), a leading global provider of mobile Internet services, announced today that it has signed a reseller agreement with SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp. (SoftBank C&S). The deal enables partners of SoftBank C&S to sell NQSky, one of the most complete, secure platforms for enterprise mobile management, to corporate clients in Japan. The deal is expected to grow significantly the number of enterprises implementing the award-winning enterprise mobile management (EMM) solution.

SoftBank C&S, a Brightstar subsidiary specializing in providing of IT-related products and ICT solutions through 9,000 sales partners, will be responsible for marketing and distribution under terms of the deal. Sales materials and technical support for both re-sellers and end users will be provided by NQ Mobile.

Recognized as one of the most robust solutions of its type, NQSky is a multi-platform, end-to-end solution that addresses the secure mobility needs of medium and large corporations. The all-in-one solution, integrates with companies’ existing IT strategies and addresses the entire device lifecycle.  NQSky’s complete capabilities for unified protection and management include mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM) and mobile content management (MCM) as well as secure tools for e-mail, instant messaging, file sharing and synchronization tools.

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About SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp

SoftBank C&S, a subsidiary of Brightstar Corp., distributes various IT-related products, the original business of the SoftBank Group, and also manufactures and markets “SoftBank SELECTION” mobile accessories. Additionally, by leveraging SoftBank Group synergies, SoftBank C&S provides ICT solutions that combine mobile and fixed-line infrastructure with ICT-related products for corporate customers, web services for various mobile devices, and e-procurement services.

About NQ Mobile

NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of mobile Internet services.  NQ Mobile is a mobile security pioneer with proven competency to acquire, engage, and monetize customers globally.  NQ Mobile’s portfolio includes mobile security and mobile games & advertising for the consumer market and consulting, mobile platforms and mobility services for the enterprise market.  As of December 31, 2013, NQ Mobile maintains a large, global user base of 481 million registered user accounts and 136 million monthly active user accounts through its consumer mobile security business, 107 million registered user accounts and 20 million monthly active user accounts through its mobile games & advertising business and over 1,250 enterprise customers.  NQ Mobile maintains dual headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA and Beijing, China. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit


Fake Google+ App Delivers Fraudulent SMS and Ad Spam

The NQ Mobile Security Center has detected new Android malware masquerading as a Google+ app. The fake app is an SMS worm, and when activated, sends text messages to all of your contacts encouraging them to download the fraudulent app, as well. In addition, the app loads AdMob ads on your phone, resulting in malicious popups that can lead to further app downloads if you aren’t careful.

FraudPlus, otherwise known as a.fraudware.selfmite.a, infected 90 users in 28 countries before it was caught and neutralized. NQ Mobile Security users are protected from any further outbreaks of this virus.

FraudPlus downloads were limited to 3rd party app stores, so folks who exclusively download their apps from Google Play were protected in this case, unless the malware was sent to them by SMS.

Countries affected by FraudPlus

Countries affected by FraudPlus

Package Name:

SMS Samples (links now redirect to 404 pages):

  1. Hey, try it, its very fine.
  2. b. Hi buddy, try this, its amazing u know.

Malware Screenshots:

FraudPlus Screenshot     FraudPlus screenshot

Permissions Requested:


Protect Yourself from FraudPlus:
NQ Mobile Security users are already fully protected from FraudPlus and all other malware threats. If you don’t have a powerful mobile security application on your phone, we recommend that you take the following precautions to prevent damage from future threats:

1. Only download applications from trusted and reputable app stores and markets—think Google Play.

2. Always check reviews, ratings and developer information before downloading apps.

3. Never accept app download requests from unknown sources.

4. Closely monitor requested app permissions to be sure the app is accessing no more than what it needs to. That flashlight app requesting your location? Yeah, your gut is correct, that makes no sense so take a pass.

5. Be alert for any unusual behavior exhibited by your mobile phone—it can be a sign of malware. If you find yourself in a situation like this it’s time to run a quick anti-virus check.

NQ Mobile Security for Android is available for download at and on Google Play.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


With a plethora of recent hacks in the news, the safety of our personal data and devices is top of mind. From stolen pictures to hacked pacemakers—we all find ourselves wondering: How do we keep safe when we’re online?

October 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives, with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

As a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, I understand just how important it is to support cyber security awareness and education, and I encourage each of you to participate in any way that you can. Throughout the month, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies will be hosting cyber security programs that are open to the public—you can see a full listing of events here:

As Industry NCSAM Champions, here at NQ we’ll be discussing cyber security issues, infrastructure, and what we can do as a business to prevent and mitigate cyber threats. But NCSAM isn’t just for businesses and government agencies; one of its most critical initiatives is to educate adults (and their kids) about online safety. We’ll be sharing lots of helpful information via our social media channels—be a part of the conversation by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

It’s important for each and every one of us to ensure we are staying safe online, whether we are at work, school, or in our own homes. Please take a moment to visit The National Cyber Security Alliance website at to learn more about how to do your part.

On behalf of everyone at NQ Mobile, we wish you a happy and safe National Cyber Security Awareness month, and encourage you to learn more about protecting your digital life by participating in NCSAM events in your community and online.

Top Mobile Malware Trends

Profit leads motives for malware engineers

With mobile malware doubling year after year, today we released new data and background information outlining the current threat landscape and projecting trends for the immediate future. Revealing details on infection rates and strains found around the world, the information demonstrates how such threats put sensitive data and bank accounts at risk.

Key Statistics for 1H 2014 include:

  • 85,970 new pieces of malware were discovered, a 68 percent increase over 1H 2013
  • Infections were detected in 37.5 million Android devices in NQ Mobile’s database of 136 million active user accounts worldwide, an increase of 78.6 percent over 1H 2013
  • 62 percent of malware falls into categories that can drive financial gain for malware engineers[1]
  • 11 percent of threats leaked users’ private data, which is often sold via the dark web

Top Findings Include: 

  • Ransomware Hits Mobile Users: NQ Mobile discovered the first new mobile malware strain to use file encryption ransomware for its attack. Dubbed “Simpelocker,” this Trojan was packaged with genuine Android apps and would infect the devices of unsuspecting users who unknowingly downloaded the APK file from apps in third-party markets. Once installed, the app would request permissions to perform a variety of actions like writing to external storage devices. The Trojan could also scan the SD card for specific file types (.jpeg; .bmp; .gif; .doc; .docx, etc.) and attempt to encrypt them.
  • Profit Leads Malware Motives: 62 percent of malware in 1H represented categories likely to financially benefit cybercriminals at the expense of smartphone users, often through premium rate services and data overcharges. Two examples are “Trick Connector” (a.payment.hdcSms.a), which led unsuspecting users to send premium SMS and automatically connect to the Internet, and “Stealth Subscribe” (a.payment.FakeInst.eaz), which would sign users up for recurring-charge services without their knowledge by sending messages in the background.
  • Scandals Put Spotlight on Privacy Threats from Data Theft: While news headlines throughout the past year have brought to light the ease which one can unwittingly be a victim of data theft or other invasion of privacy, this is nothing new to cybercriminals. In 1H 2014, 11 percent of mobile threats came in the form of a genuine or malicious app with the ability to gather and leak personal information without the device user’s knowledge or consent. This information is often shared or sold on the dark web via P2P, TOR and/or I2P networks to cybercriminals who then use social engineering tactics to gain access to the consumer’s finances.


In 1H 2014, the NQ Security Center captured and quarantined the “Fake Play” (a.privacy.FakeGooglePlay.a) virus, which masqueraded as the Google Play App Store. Once installed, the app could surreptitiously run in the background, intercepting and uploading users’ messages as well as contacts and app data.

  • Server-side Botnets Rapid as Potential Privacy Killers: Server-side botnets remain one of today’s most pressing mobile security concerns. Known for their ability to remotely control the infected device, these threats interact with a remote server or client to upload or retrieve malicious codes or scripts and take device information such as IMEI, IMSI, mobile number, system version, to name a few, without user consent.

For example, the “Text Thief” (1.a.remote.Newnovel.a) virus was captured and eradicated by the NQ Security Center in Q1. This virus would automatically load and unpack an encrypted .jar file that could block text messages from designated numbers while sending unauthorized messages to paid subscriber services. It would also try to obtain system root privileges in order to download and silently install .apk files.

  • Emerging Markets with Unregulated App Markets keep Android on Top: Fuelled by rapid market penetration in the absence of consumer education and tightly-controlled app stores, the Android OS has broadened its lead as primary platform for mobile malware, representing 96 percent of all device infections. While this predominance will likely persist until other operating systems rise in popularity, there are signs that user education and secure app marketplaces are stemming the growth of infection rates in mature markets. For example, infection rates of new malware detected in markets with more mature Android penetration such as Russian and China have declined, those where Android is newer in the market such as Indonesia, Nigeria and Vietnam are increasing in new malware significantly.

Based on the 85,970 new pieces of malware found by NQ Mobile:


1H 2014


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New Infection Rate

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Research Methodology

NQ Mobile’s 1H 2014 Security Report is based on insights from NQ Mobile’s Security Labs, as well as data collected from NQ Mobile’s global malware database, scanning engines and its network of hundreds of millions of registered users.

[1] Includes Fraudulent, Malicious Expense and Malicious Payment Software classifications

Safely stay on top of all things Sochi with these 2014 Winter Olympics Android apps

Team Great Britain Andrew Ferguson via Compfight

This past week has been full of great TV moments from the Sochi 2014 Olympics, but did you know that there are a host of Android apps designed to help you enjoy the winter games? While plentiful, not all of them are legit—a quick search of “Olympics” on Google Play returns an alarming number of fraudulent and phony results, so stick with this list of official Olympic apps and follow our tips to avoid the bad ones.

Official Sochi 2014 Olympics apps

Olympic Athletes’ Hub: Discover and follow the verified accounts of Olympians across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search by “Athlete”, “Team”, “Sport”, and “Game” and get a unique overview of this year’s Olympic contenders. 

Olympic TV: An exciting live video service, enabling users to watch live and on-demand video of all competition sessions at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. See market description for a list of supported countries.

Sochi 2014 Guide: This Mobile Guide to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will make your Games unforgettable. The app keeps you up to date and informed of competition schedules and other events.

Sochi 2014 Results: The official Sochi 2014 Results application provides full details of the sports program of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games. Get quick and easy access to competition schedules and results.

2014 Team USA Road to Sochi: The app follows the making of Team USA and the athletes’ results and experiences in Sochi during the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The app includes in-depth athlete bios, photo galleries and video clips, and a “My Team USA” section which allows you to customize feeds from your favorite athletes.

NBC Olympic Highlights: Experience the best of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the NBC Olympics Highlights and Results app. Get prepared for the Games now by checking out news, video, and photos for every sport—all from your Android handheld or tablet device.

Sochi Wireless Olympics Works: This app offers the most direct access to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and allows users to design and personalize their experience in ways that are most relevant to their interests and passions.

How to avoid phony Olympic apps

We haven’t listed all the Olympic apps, and there are sure to be some other good ones, so follow these tips to stay away from the bad apps.

  • Look for Google’s “Top Developer” badge on the app’s Play store page.
  • Check too see if any of your friends or contacts have given the app a +1 on Google+.
  • Scan the reviews and reviewers and read their comments, beware of bad review scores.
  • Consider the date an app was updated—has it been quite a while? At best, the app isn’t being regularly maintained by its developer, and that can be a red flag.
  • Review the developer contact information to see if it seems legitimate.
  • Take into account the total installs, the more the merrier in this case.

Check out our post How to spot a bad Android app for more details.