Malware On Mobile Is Skyrocketing And Becoming More Aggressive

Malware On Mobile Is Skyrocketing And Becoming More Aggressive

Sometimes so much information related to malware on our mobiles can be counterproductive. Because the reality is that almost daily we know new threats, which can make many Internet users and mobile users think that we always talk about the same threats. And no, the reality is that more and more malware is lurking, and therefore the probability of being victims of one of these attacks is greater.

Up To 500% More Threats

This report points out that the increase in malware activity since February has increased by no less than 500%. That is what this Proofpoint report points out, which emphasizes that it is the abuse of mobile messaging that is leading to the increase in these threats to mobile phone users. And it is that these threats are occurring at the same time that smishing also increases through the same SMS.

Mobile phone virus

So this method of communication is becoming the preferred one for hackers, since it can be the transport of different threats. These days we are seeing how malware specialized in data theft of all kinds is proliferating in a remarkable way. With malicious software that is capable of recording video, audio and even tracking our current location, and get different permissions from our terminal to be able to access the most private areas of our terminal.


Among all the malware that circulates on the networks there are a handful with more destructive and propagation potential. These malware include, for example, Flubot, which spreads between terminals by accessing the victims’ address book, and sending its information to the hackers’ servers. It can access our messages, the Internet, read notifications or make voice calls, even delete apps, all without the knowledge of the victims. In the case of Teabot we are talking about a Trojan that is specialized in the theft of credentials and messages, and even more dangerous, send the hacker what happens on the victim’s screen.

Malware poster found

Another of the most important is BRATA, which specializes in mobile banking apps, and uses SMS to practice banking phishing, inviting victims to download fake banking applications, to get their credentials every time they enter their virtual office. Credentials that will fall into the hands of hackers and that they will use to clean our accounts completely. The reality is that there are more and more possibilities that we get infected with malware, but we can also defend ourselves in a simple way, keeping our mobiles updated and avoiding downloads from unofficial sources. Like everything in life, prevention is the best tool to avoid these types of threats.

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