Besides personal computer, smartphone has taken the place where almost anything can be done. Smartphone technology is getting so advanced that we do not need PC or laptop with us to get our official or personal job done. But, problems are arising. Mobile malware is one of the hideous technological threat today. When we talk about malware, there is no single malware we can specify. Different types of malware are hunting all over the world. Mobile ransomware is one of the most vicious threats among all. Recently, many reports show that mobile kits and ransomware are increasing.
So, let’s see how these threats can increase the mobile risk.
Mobile Malware and Mobile Ransomware Threat
According to the researchers from Kaspersky, in 2016, there were around 8,526,221 malicious mobile installations. That’s not all, they’ve found 128,886 mobile banking Trojans and 261,214 mobile ransomware too. INTERPOL has found that hackers are spreading their business network through the Dark Web as it the business is client focused. They’ve also found that the number of mobile malware selling through the Dark Web has been increased by the higher rate.
Kaspersky security expert Roman Unucheck says the rise of mobile malware kit is not new. It is cheap and easily available through the Dark Web. Hackers are selling this malware in the form of software. Unucheck quoted, “Some of this malware was available in 2014 and 2015, but this year we saw it much more. It’s easier for regular people who want to steal money to go to the Dark Web, go to forums, and buy kits to infect users.”
Another thing is, mobile kits includes various types of mobile malware, mobile ransomware, phishing, Trojan and other. However, Advertising Trojan has noticeably increased in 2016. The Ad Trojan can exploit the super-user privileges(Kaspersky report). Unucheck says, “Hacker can use vulnerabilities in the system to get additional rights. They can do anything on the device. It’s a major problem because after a user’s device becomes infected, it’s almost impossible to use it.”
According to Unucheck, root privileges can allow a hacker to get access to the device that may lead them to install malware, buy apps from play store and display malicious Ad to the device. To get super-user privileges, the hacker uses the vulnerabilities of the newer version of Android operating systems.
Unucheck suggested that we are going to see an unstoppable growth of mobile malware and mobile ransomware in 2017. So, it’s imperative for us to keep our system secured with enough preparation possible.