Mobile attacks on companies in Brazil exceed 4 times the rest of the world
Attacks on mobile devices impacted 7% of Brazilian organizations in December 2021, a number well above the global average of 1.4%. In a recent conversation with Mobile Time, Oded Vanunu, security specialist at Check Point Software, highlighted the danger of these attacks through mobile devices.
“With an impact four times higher than the global average, mobile malware poses a serious risk to Brazilians, whether in terms of protecting personal data on smartphones or corporate networks for which the device can serve as a breach, if not properly observed,” he said. the executive.
Vanunu further explains that ransomware and banking and cryptocurrency trojans are the fastest-growing applications in use by attackers. On mobile, three malware are among the ten most used in the world today (here they compete side by side with PC malware). Are they:
AlienBot – a malware family that offers Malware as a Service (MaaS) for Android devices that can inject malicious code into legitimate financial apps, thus allowing the attacker to access a victim’s financial accounts and even control the device;
xhelper – Created in 2019, this malware hides on the victim’s cell phone and can download malicious apps, run advertising campaigns. After doing the damage, it manages to self-erase;
FluBot – is a botnet (network of bots, in free translation into Portuguese) that reaches the user via SMS phishing. Once installed on the victim’s cell phone, after the user clicks on the malicious link (which is usually sent posing as a delivery or delivery company), FluBot has access to all sensitive information on the handset.