Cybercriminals are trying to maximize their monetary profits, especially through mobile malware, as their attacks surface expands. Each year, the rise of the mobile malware rate has made cybercriminals more eager to abuse the opportunity.
The malicious codes used for mobile attacks offer powerful features adopted by threat actors worldwide.
Based on the latest statistic regarding mobile threats, about 30% of prevalent zero-day flaw targets mobile devices. There was also approximately a 466% increase in abused zero-day flaws against mobile endpoints.
Experts also recorded an astounding 75% of targets prioritizing mobile devices for phishing incidents, which alarms them because there are over two million new malware strains in the cybercriminal landscape.
The researchers then indicated that North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are the most impacted regions of this mobile malware campaign.
The earlier data implies that all malicious threat actors always discover methods to continuously exploit mobile software and deploy mobile malware. The continuous increase of mobile attacks indicates that threat actors are finding ways to bypass software securities related to mobile devices.
Furthermore, the researchers claim that the malware developers focus more on developing new mobile threats since most of the global workforce now employs “work from home” or remotely working. These situations have created a surge of malware propagation, phishing campaigns, smishing attacks, and zero-day exploits against mobile phone users.
Additionally, researchers witnessed a 500% increase in mobile malware submissions in Europe since the early weeks of February this year. Several malware packages were detected last year, which can record audio and video calls, destroy content, data wipe, and location tracking.
The researchers also indicated that malware such as FluBot, TeaBot, BRATA, TianySpy, and KeepSpy, is the most commonly used mobile malware by threat actors.
iOS and Android both have their own sets of threats that can cause significant damage to users. Mobile malware infections have upgraded themselves through the years. Mobile malware also currently acquired advanced espionage features.
The most optimal method to remain unthreatened to these attacks is to avoid installing content from unreliable sources, limit the number of installed apps on your mobile, and apply available security patches.