MOBILE MALWARE EVOLUTION 2016

Discussion in 'Mobile Security' started by 0x69, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. Trends of the year
    • Growth in the popularity of malicious programs using super-user rights, primarily advertising Trojans.
    • Distribution of malware via Google Play and advertising services.
    • Emergence of new ways to bypass Android protection mechanisms.
    • Growth in the volume of mobile ransomware.
    • Active development of mobile banking Trojans.
    Malicious programs using super-user rights
    The year’s most prevalent trend was Trojans gaining super-user privileges. To get these privileges, they use a variety of vulnerabilities that are usually patched in the newer versions of Android. Unfortunately, most user devices do not receive the latest system updates, making them vulnerable.

    Root privileges provide these Trojans with almost unlimited possibilities, allowing them to secretly install other advertising applications, as well as display ads on the infected device, often making it impossible to use the smartphone. In addition to aggressive advertising and the installation of third-party software, these Trojans can even buy apps on Google Play.

    This malware simultaneously installs its modules in the system directory, which makes the treatment of the infected device very difficult. Some advertising Trojans are even able to infect the recovery image, making it impossible to solve the problem by restoring to factory settings.

    You can download the report here https://securelist.com/files/2017/02/Mobile_report_2016.pdf
     

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