Thursday Threat Report: Flappy Bird malware, unmasking the mask, and the biggest ever DDOS in Europe

Welcome to ITProPortal's Thursday Threat Report, where we round up the three greatest security threats facing Internet users, smooth-running enterprise, and occasionally even the survival of the world as we know it. Hold onto your hats - things are about to get scary.

Crappy Bird

Mobile game sensation Flappy Bird has officially migrated away from app stores, but has left behind some poisonous droppings.

According to security firm Sophos, a number of malware-laden Flappy Bird clones are being downloaded from unofficial Android markets. But instead of providing users with the game, they instead insert malicious software onto unsuspecting users' devices.

Although whether this is worse than being sucked into the spiral of Flappy Bird addiction remains to be seen.

Cheaper by the DDOSen

The largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on a European network took place on Monday, prompting fears that it could be a sign of "ugly things to come".

The cyber-attack was reported by anti-DDoS protection firm Cloudflare, who claimed that it was bigger than the Spamhaus attack last year - described at the time as the world's largest cyber-attack.

The attack seems to have stemmed from weaknesses in the Network Time Protocol (NTP), usually used to synchronise clocks on computers.

Unmasking the mask

Kaspersky labs has uncovered one of the most advanced global malware threats ever to be discovered, according to the latest reports.

Dubbed "The Mask", or "Careto"the program is a sophisticated cyber espionage tool apparently developed in a Spanish-speaking country.

The primary targets range from government institutions, diplomatic offices and embassies, energy, oil and gas companies, research organisations and activists, and have been found across 31 countries around the world.