Online criminals treble the threat
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – CYBER criminal attacks increased threefold over the past year with a total of 8,5 million malicious installations identified, a report obtained from Lagos highlights.
According to Kasperky Lab, this means that, in the space of just one year (2016) a volume equivalent to 50 percent of all the malware detected in the previous 11 years (15,77 million in 2004 – 2015) was released.
Leading the way were mobile advertising Trojans which now make up 16 of the top 20 malicious programmes, up from 12 in 2015.
These are the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s annual Mobile Virusology report, which also highlights the evolution of mobile banking Trojans.
The Trojans are capable of seizing rooting rights, allowing the malware to not only aggressively display ads on the infected device, often making it impossible to use, but also to secretly install other applications.
These Trojans can also buy apps on Google Play.
In many cases, the Trojans were able to exploit previously patched vulnerabilities because the user had not installed the latest update.
Roman Unuchek, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said cybercriminals were taking advantage of the fact that most devices did not receive OS (operating system) updates and were thus vulnerable to old, well-known and readily available exploits.
“Moreover, we see that the mobile landscape is getting a little crowded for cybercriminals, and they are beginning to interact more with the world beyond smartphones. Perhaps in 2017 we will see major attacks on IoT components launched from mobile devices,” said Unuchek.
– CAJ News
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