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

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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.

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