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2016: Kaspersky says 8.5m malicious installation on mobiles

Latest Kaspersky Lab mobile security report has disclosed that 2016 saw a near-threefold rise in mobile malware detections compared to 2015 to the tune of 8.5 million malicious installations identified led by mobile Trojans, reports ITRealms.

Kaspersky in its annual Mobile Virusology report made available to ITRealms, noted that in the space of just one year, a volume equivalent to 50 per cent of all the malware detected in the previous 11 years (15.77 million in 2004 – 2015) was released.

According to Kaspersky officials, leading the way were mobile advertising Trojans which now make up 16 of the top 20 malicious programmes, up from 12 in 2015, highlighting the evolution of mobile banking Trojans.

The report pointed out that specialist officers from INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation have contributed an analysis of mobile malware on the Dark Web to the report.
In 2016, ITRealms reports that Kaspersky Lab mobile security products reported that nearly 40 million attacks attempts by mobile malware, with over 4 million users of Android-based devices protected (vs 2.6 million in 2015).

In addition, Kaspersky report showed that over 260,000 detections of installation packages for mobile ransomware Trojans (an increase of almost 8.5 times, year-on-year).

“More than 153,000 unique users targeted by mobile ransomware (an increase of 1.6 times compared with 2015); Over 128,000 mobile banking Trojans detected (nearly 1.6 times more than in 2015),” part of the report read.

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