Mobile Malware Evolution: 3 Infection Attempts Per User in 2013
Kaspersky Lab’s Analysis of the Mobile Threat Landscape in 2013 Shows Exponential Growth in Mobile Malware
According to Kaspersky Lab, nearly 145,000 new malicious programs for mobile devices were detected in 2013. The number more than doubled that of the previous year’s figure of 40,059 samples. As of January 1 this year, Kaspersky Lab’s collection includes 143,211 mobile malware samples, where 98.1 percent of all mobile malware detected is targeted at Android devices.
In the analysis, experts at Kaspersky Lab states that approximately four million malicious apps used by cybercriminals to distribute mobile malware are for Android-based devices. Between 2012 and 2013, a total of 10 million malicious Android apps were detected.
A majority of these malware targets users’ banking information through phishing and Trojans instead of the user’s account. According to Kaspersky Lab, the increased popularity of the Android OS and its vulnerabilities are the major factors behind the banking Trojans on Android in 2013.
Victor Chebyshev, Virus Analyst, Kaspersky Lab said, “Today, the majority of banking Trojan attacks target users in Russia and the CIS. However, that is unlikely to last for long: given the cybercriminals’ keen interest in user bank accounts, the activity of mobile banking Trojans is expected to grow in other countries in 2014. We already know of Perkel, an Android Trojan that attacks clients of several European banks, as well as the Korean malicious program Wroba.”
Kaspersky Lab also found that criminals are using obfuscation by creating difficult to analyse code distributing their malware by compromising legitimate sites, alternative app store, and bots.
Kaspersky Lab’s model of the mobile malware evolution.