According to Kaspersky Lab, 2016 was a forgettable year for mobile security. The data collected speak the year of 2016 in which the install malware on the mobile devices has tripled compared to 2015 with as many as 8.5 million of harmful downloads.
To lead the way for these malicious apps were the Trojans advertising, representing 16 apps on 20 (last year there were 12 out of 20). A significant increase in year-over-year and even more worrying when we consider that these Trojans can not only continuing to show advertising, but also the user’s knowledge to install unknown applications.
These Trojans are hidden mainly in the Android app, and one of the most sensational cases reported this year was related to the Pokemon Go game. The game has been circulating infected and non-original versions and has been downloaded half a million times.
Also, high numbers for banking Trojans were observed with 300,000 downloads (56,000 in 2015) were carried out in a well 164 countries, with Russia leading the list followed by Australia and Ukraine.
We also should not forget the ransomware mobile, with over 150,000 users affected (almost twice the numbers of 2015) and with the Trojan-Ransom.AndroidOS.Fusob that has sadly proved to be the most widespread malicious program throughout 2016.
This ransomware works similar to those that affect the PC, making it inaccessible of mobile content and asking the victims of a ransom (on average between 100 and 200 US dollars).