The rise in mobile malware with every passing year is not a new phenomenon. As the attack surface grows, cybercriminals are attempting to maximize their profits through any means necessary. These malicious pieces of code offer extreme functionalities, and hence, are adopted by threat actors across the world. According to recent research by Zimperium:
In 2021, 30% of known zero-day vulnerabilities targeted mobile devices, while there was a 466% rise in exploited zero-day vulnerabilities against mobile endpoints.
Seventy-five percent of the phishing sites solely targeted mobile devices.
More than two million new malware variants were found in the wild.
More than 10 million mobile devices were afflicted by threats in 214 countries.
Based on the firm’s analysis of over a million iOS and Android apps, 14% of the apps used public cloud backends, whose misconfigurations resulted in security incidents.
The most affected regions are Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
The data above indicates that threat actors are finding ways to abuse conventionally strong software ecosystems related to mobile devices. Malware authors are focusing more on these devices as the global workforce was pushed to remote working. This resulted in greater volumes of malware propagation, phishing and smishing attacks. Whether you use Android or iOS, both have their own sets of threats that can cause considerable damage to the targets. Mobile malware strains have evolved throughout the years and now possess advanced espionage functionalities. The best way to stay safe is to avoid installing content from unknown sources. Furthermore, keep the number of installed apps to a minimum and apply available security patches. If you are an organization introducing home built app, then it is legal regulation to get your app penetration tested by experts. Penetration testing of mobile applications is an authorized hack carried out by trained cybersecurity link’s penetration testers in order to discover any weaknesses in the mobile system. To hack Android, Windows, and iOS mobile applications, our team of CREST trained pen testers employ ethical hacking techniques. To detect flaws in all components, multiple forms of penetration testing are required for each of these programmes and setups. We can endeavor to reduce these risks after these areas of weakness have been recognised as potential channels for a hacker to get access and information.
Our dedicated cybersecurity team is highly trained in threat monitoring, threat management, and threat disposals. Please visit www.cybersecuritylink.com.au for more information on how to strategize cyber safety.