Security company Check Point has released a 2021 mobile security report that reveals some alarming details about last year’s cyber attacks. The company says four out of ten cell phones are inherently vulnerable to cyber attacks. The report states that 97 percent of organizations worldwide in 2020 had a mobile threat that used multiple attack vectors, and 46 percent had at least one employee download a malicious mobile app. As working from home has become the new norm, attacks on personal cell phones used in office work have increased.
Check Point’s latest mobile security report 2021 says that almost every organization experienced at least one cell phone malware attack in 2020. 93 percent of these attacks come from a network of devices trying to trick users into installing a malicious payload through infected websites or URLs. The study also showed that at least 40 percent of the world’s mobile devices are inherently vulnerable to cyber attacks due to the shortcomings of their chipsets and need urgent repair. This is four of the ten handsets in the world.
According to a Check Point report, banking trojans grew 15 percent in 2020, putting users ’mobile banking IDs at risk of being stolen.
Wrong COVID-19 related data applications have been used as a new target to hide malware, Check Point found. Threaters have spread malware to mobile devices, including mobile remote Trojans (MRATs), bank trojans, and first-class callers. Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups, such as Iran’s Rampant Kitten, use cell phones to carry out complex and sophisticated targeted attacks to spy on users and steal sensitive information, the report notes.
In COVID-19, telework increased and Check Point predicts that 60 percent of workers will be mobile by 2024. During 2020, Check Point even discovered a new and very significant attack in which threaters used a large international enterprise’s mobile device management (MDM) system to distribute malware to more than 75 percent of managed mobile devices – leveraging a solution designed to manage mobile phone use within the enterprise.
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