"With almost 520,000 new malware files for Android, the mobile malware flood has reached a new high. A current cyber crime trend is the development of special malware kits, which are easy to use for even inexperienced online criminals," explains Ralf Benzmüller, head of G DATA Security Labs. "Android will retain its dominant position in the smartphone and tablet segment over the coming months. We therefore expect mobile malware to triple."
An ever-increasing number of malware apps detected by G DATA Security Labs has been equipped with complex camouflaged code, making manual and automatic analyses more difficult. The attackers are also relying on more long-term attack patterns: "The criminals hide the malicious functions in manipulated apps to stop users discovering them and removing the application. This means that the malicious app remains active on the infected mobile device for as long as possible, in order to make money with premium services or steal personal data, depending on its purpose," notes Ralf Benzmüller.