In India, mobile attacks have increased by over 845 percent since October 2020 as people continue to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check Point’s most recent report on mobile security in 2021 estimates there were around 1,345 mobile attacks in October 2020, up from 12,719 attacks in March 2021.
“With the move to mass remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile attack surface has grown dramatically, leaving 97% of organizations exposed to mobile threats from multiple attack vectors. With 60 percent of workers expected to be mobile by 2024, mobile security must be a priority for all businesses, ”the report said.
The report claims that “almost every company experienced at least one mobile malware attack in 2020”. 93 percent of these attacks originated from a network of devices that tricked a user into installing a malicious payload through infected websites or URLs, or stealing users. Credentials.
To be precise, around 46 percent of companies had at least one employee download a malicious mobile app that threatened their company’s networks and data in 2020. The report finds that 40 percent of the world’s mobile devices “are inherently vulnerable to cyberattacks, and their chipset defects are in dire need of repair. “
2020 also saw a 15 percent increase in banking Trojans, which threaten users’ mobile banking credentials with theft. Potential threat actors have spread mobile malware, including Mobile Remote Access Trojans (MRATs), banking Trojans, and premium dialers, and the malware is often hidden in apps that allegedly provide COVID-19-related information, according to the report.
“As we saw in 2020, the mobile threat landscape has continued to expand and almost every organization has now seen an attack,” said Neatsun Ziv, VP Threat Prevention, Check Point Software.
He also said more complex threats are looming on the horizon as cyber criminals evolve and adapt their techniques to exploit growing reliance on cell phones. “Users should be careful to only use apps from official app stores to minimize their risk,” he added.
Check Point’s Mobile Security Report 2021 is based on data collected from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 from 1,800 organizations.