India Ranks Fourth In Mobile Malware Threats Globally

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 02, 2014

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With over 900 million mobile phones, India ranked the fourth-most mobile malware infected country in the world in the first half of the year, according to a new report. The F-Secure Labs’ Threat Report H1 2014 suggested that tier-II cities are becoming a favorite destination for mobile malware. The top five most infected Indian cities include Chandigarh, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and New Delhi, where threats from mobile devices were significant. Hyderabad and Chandigarh were the most affected by mobile malware.

The report also pointed out that there has been a rising numbers of attacks from malicious software known as ransomware underscore the importance of data security for home, enterprise and government users. Ransomware demands payment of a sum in exchange for unlocking a user’s files and are mostly affecting corporate users in recent times.

On the mobile front, in Q2 of 2014, nearly 295 new threat families and variants were discovered - 294 on Android and one on iOS, an increase from the first quarter, during which 277 threats were discovered, 275 targeting Android. The top Android threats in the second quarter were Trojans that either send SMS messages to premium numbers, or harvest data from a device and forward it on to a remote server. The Slocker malware reported in June, which pretends to be a legitimate app, was the first ransomware to appear on the mobile platform, said the report.

In the PC threat category, the top threat continues to be the Conficker worm. The worm has infected millions of computers in over 200 countries. This worm’s long life is mostly due to computers that run old software - illustrating the importance of keeping a computer’s software up to date so that old security flaws will be patched, said the report.

Amit Nath, Country Manager, India & SAARC, F-Secure stated that incidents as highlighted in the Threat report shows that cybercriminals constantly adapt to new trends whether in by utilising new malware or targeted attacks techniques to continue with their attacks.

“The first six months of this year has highlighted many threats and F-Secure have also timely highlighted cyber attacks to keep its existing and prospective users safe. We will continue with our constant effort to secure you and ensure you switch on freedom,” he summed up.