Over the last three months, Kaspersky Lab has found 20,000 new modifications of popular mobile malware. This is nearly half of what the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) company found in the whole of 2012.
“The number of apps for Android is constantly on the rise, and it is often a challenge to gain popularity with users—which is why these illegitimate tactics are becoming all the more common,” said Denis Maslennikov, Kaspersky Lab Security Expert and author of the report.
Kaspersky Lab reported that mobile threats have also been increasing with Android as a leading target platform.
It added that 99.9 percent of all new mobile threat detections targeted the Android operating system.
Short-messaging service Trojans are still the most prevalent category of mobile threats, accounting for 63.6 percent of all attacks. Among the most dangerous programs for Android are FakeInst, Plangton, Opfake, Agent, AveaSMS, Walien, Trackplus, Copycat, Fav, Penetho, SMSReg and FaceNiff.
Kaspersky Lab also found new mobile malware called Perkel, a banking Trojan and MTK Botnet, which has allegedly infected over one million Android devices mostly in China.
Kaspersky Lab said that an increased number of alleged state-sponsored cyber-attacks were recorded by KSN.
KSN is a distributed system that collects data about existing threats in real time. It also effectively identifies unknown threats and their sources and reacts quickly to protect users against them.
According to Kaspersky Lab’s latest report “IT Threat Evolution: Q1 2013,” the first three months of the year turned out to be full of incidents, especially when it came to cyber espionage and cyber weapons.
Among the most persistent cyber espionage network was the global operation known as Red October, which targeted various government offices, diplomatic offices and companies worldwide.
Kaspersky Lab reported that Red October has been active for at least five years and have expanded their network of infected systems over 60 domain names spread across several host servers across the world.
Red October’s techniques have also expanded to infecting and stealing through USB devices and smartphones.
Another group, APT1 (Advanced Persistent Threat), allegedly composed of Chinese hackers, has also become a major threat.
Kaspersky Lab cited a report from cyber-security company Mandiant that emphasized APT1 has been operating since 2006, and has since managed to steal huge amounts of data from around 141 organizations.
Kaspersky Lab also noted that these massive attacks could not be possible without real support from hundreds of people and a developed, modern infrastructure.
Maslennikov said that China has faced accusations of its involvement in cyber attacks against government agencies and organizations in countries around the world.
“There is nothing particularly surprising about the Chinese government’s firm rejection of the assertions made in the Mandiant report,” Maslennikov added.