Depleting mobile phone security; cyber-attacks against personal phones hyped

Depleting mobile phone security

Over the last 5 years, the usage of mobile phones and internet has increased to a large scale. Starting from communication purposes, they found a way into our daily lives and took over a part of our daily need. A person cannot live without mobiles phones these days. All his daily activities, professional activities and entertainment are depended on mobile phones. It has become an inevitable part of our existence.

Recent studies have found that malicious activities and cyber-attacks against mobile phones have significantly increased. Since millions of preys are wide spread around the world, it becomes easy for the threat actors to perform the attack.

Compared to other years, 2020 has witnessed vast number of cases of cyber-attacks against mobile devices. This is because more people were engaged with mobile phones during the lockdown and the pandemic. The active users of mobile during the lockdown days were very high. People had no other work than spending time with their device.

Apart from the usage, the security attributes of majority of mobile phones were very low. They were more vulnerable to cyber threats. With advanced malwares, hackers successfully brought down the control of mobiles and leaked millions of sensitive data. There has been alarming details which had come out.

As per the statistics of Check point almost every organizations has been the victim of mobile malware in 2020. Among these 93% were tricked by phishing links and attachments which lead them to infected websites, hence making them affected by mobile malware. Once this malware enters your mobile, they install themselves in the background without the knowledge of the user. They then leak the user credentials and other sensitive information.

According to Check point, around 47% of the organizations had minimum one employee that got infected by the mobile malware and risked the organizations network in 2020.

Even though this malware existed for the past few years, they became active during 2020, when the people working from home increased. It has reached high-time where mobile security is to be considered a primary motive. Studies show that one out of every 4 mobile phones in the world is vulnerable to mobile malware attacks.

There have been cases which reported the presence of Mobile Remote Access Trojans (MRAT) or Banking Trojans. They are also thriving in the society to take down financial information and the situation is getting worse day by day.

Other than organizations, individual mobiles are also getting targeted by different APT groups like Rampant Kitten. They usually target individuals to spy on their daily activities and to leak their sensitive data.

After repeated attacks, the cyber criminals continued to evolve themselves and have adapted modern techniques to exploit the growing reliance on mobiles. The security researchers advised every mobile developer to focus on mobile security.

Hackers are trying to compromise the servers of mobile developers even after they have installed strict cyber security protocols. The security team has begun their investigation in this matter.

Mobile malwares

Mobile malwares are malicious programs that infect the operating system of mobile. There are different types of mobile malwares and various strategies of infection.

Different types of mobile malwares

  • Spyware and Madware

Madware or mobile adware is a malicious program that installs a script or infected programs without the knowledge of the user. The main intention of the malware is to leak information from your device and spam you with ads. They sometimes also act as spyware.

  • Drive-by-downloads

Drive by downloads is another form of mobile malwares that hides within emails and websites. Once you open the email or websites, these gets automatically installed in your device.

  • Viruses and Trojans

Infected applications that contain viruses and Trojans are spreading in different websites. They contain very simple payloads like changing the wallpaper, languages etc.

How to prevent mobile malwares

  • Always keep operating systems and softwares updated.
  • Install authentic anti-virus software.
  • Install Firewall.
  • Enable screen lock protection.
  • Download applications from trusted sources.

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