Mobile malware is real and spreading. Following the trend of more and more services to go mobile, fraudsters are going in the same direction as they’re moving very fast from developing PC’s malware to smartphone ones.
In the last few years, we have been observing a rise in the number of Android focused malware. This trend is less pronounced on iOS, where platform dependant characteristics limit the potential of this kind of attack vectors.
WHAT IS IT?
It exists a wide range of Mobile Malware. Some of them replicate successful attack patterns developed on PCs (for example, RAT or Ransomware). In other cases, we see samples specifically designed for mobile platforms (SMS grabbers, Overlays, to name a few). Some are focus on state-sponsored spying software (Spyware). Some are more consumer-centric, stealing personal information (privacy-related), credentials, or money from the user or service provider.
The goal is to protect critical services from becoming malware campaign targets. End-users should be safeguarded in accessing the service, preventing fraudsters from stealing and exploiting valuable information (credentials, CC, etc …).
At XTN, we think that protecting sensitive services from malware conducted frauds is part of the security capabilities each enterprise with consumer-facing services should provide. Even if end-user should be aware of best practices to prevent the introduction of malware apps in their smartphones, this is not always enough to protect them. Active monitoring of the context where sensitive apps operate should be enforced to prevent evil activities in the device. That’s why we designed our Cognitive Security Platform® to extend in malware detection.