98 Percent of Mobile Malware is Geared toward Android Users

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Ninety-eight percent of mobile malware is geared toward Android users, a report from security experts Kaspersky Labs says.

This is basically due to the approval for the platform. However the study also notes the “vulnerability” of Android’s architecture as a reason the mobile operating system is vulnerable. And most of this malware is aimed toward stealing money, including targeting mastercard information.

The report also says the mobile malware economy has moved from individual actors to more organized groups of programmers and developers mostly designing malware for profit.

The study notes:

“It is safe to claim that today’s cybercriminal isn’t any longer a lone hacker but a part of a significant business operation. There are many varieties of actors thinking about the mobile malware industry: virus writers, testers, interface designers of both the malicious apps and the net pages they’re distributed from, owners of the partner programs that spread the malware, and mobile botnet owners.”

According to the study, a complete of 143,211 new modifications of malicious programs targeting mobile devices were detected last year. Also, nearly 4 million installation packages were utilized by cyber criminals to distribute mobile malware. Within the last two years, Kaspersky has identified 10 million unique malicious installation packages.

Malware is spread primarily through apps downloaded from third party sites apart from Google Play though a contemporary report also indicates the quantity of Google malware on Google’s store is likewise increasing.

Of course, being aware that your mobile device is almost as vulnerable as your computer is step one in protecting your online business from being the following victim to an attack. We’ve recently noted that although mobile devices are increasingly being targeted, device makers are investing in defenses , too.

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