G Data: new Android malware strain appearing every 22 seconds
Cyber criminals focusing on data theft and fraud using costly premium rate services
"Mobile malware has developed into a lucrative eCrime business for online criminals. The perpetrators are mainly using Trojans horses to exploit this, as these can be deployed in numerous ways. The malware enables not only the theft of personal data, but also fraud using expensive premium rate services, for example," explains Eddy Willems, G Data Security Evangelist. "Because of the lucrative possibilities for criminals to make a profit, we predict a further upsurge in the mobile malware industry in future."
Top 5 mobile malware families in May 2013
Android risk situation for the coming months:
Mobile malware still on the rise: The number of new malware strains for mobile devices using Google's smart operating system will continue to grow constantly in the coming months. Because of the ever increasing popularity of Android smartphones and tablets, mobile malware is well on the way to becoming an eCrime mass phenomenon.
Mobile botnets being set up: In the coming months the perpetrators will be increasingly looking to incorporate infected mobile devices into botnets, to exploit them as SMS spam "sprayguns" or to make them call premium rate telephone numbers en masse. The earnings potential for the criminals is huge.
Adware still an eCrime trend in the mobile malware sector: Experts at G Data Security Labs assume that adware will continue to be used increasingly in the coming months to aggressively promote the installation of malware apps.