Kaspersky Labs latest report on malware targeted at smartphones talks about the increased levels of sophistication in the manner of attacks. Of the nearly 500 million attacks detected in the third quarter of this year, a staggering 97.5 percent were targeted at Android. Countries like the US, Russia and Germany account for nearly 81.5 percent of malware distribution, while 51.88 percent of Indian smartphone users are in serious risk of being infected by a malware. Also Read - Google blocked 18 million COVID-19 scam emails, malware daily last week
The security experts discovered a new kind of malware called Svpeng Torjan, which gained access to one s bank accounts directly from his or her smartphone. The Trojan essentially checks a user s bank details via a mobile banking service, and then asks them to top-up their mobile account. This money is then sent directly to the cybercriminal s account instead of the network operator. Kaspersky also noted that cyber criminals were using third-party botnets to spread malware, which explains why Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a could affect so many smartphones.
The majority of Android malware is designed to steal money or, as a secondary aim, steal personal data. All the familiar infection, distribution and cover-up mechanisms are swiftly migrating from PCs, said security expert Viktor Chebyshev. To date, cybercriminals are doing all they can to steal as much as possible. Virus writers are likely to keep increasing the number of botnets, infecting more and more Android users.