Webroot relesead a report that reveals the rise of mobile threats

Webroot released a new threat report, indicating the year-over-year growth of mobile threats.

The report indicates that as employees continue to use their own devices and personal applications for work purposes, more threats are introduced into the workplace, putting company networks at risk.

According to the report, there has been a 384% increase in total threats to Android devices in 2013. 42% of the analyzed applications for Android were classified as malicious, unwanted, or suspicious. Also, it seems that 29.3% of all tracked SMS infections stem from gaming applications.

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The report offers an infection risk comparisons between the Android and iOS platforms, and also provides suggestions and best practices to reduce the risk to corporate data from employee-owned mobile devices.

Webroot analyzed more than 5.9 million mobile applications (apps), 31,000 infections, nearly 125,000 Lost Device Protection activations, and infection rates from millions of customers for this report. It found that the increased risk is caused by malicious apps including those which require rooting the device, send premium SMS messages, and collect all available data.

According to Webroot, a nearly 4X increase in the volume of potentially threatening apps has been recorded for Android in 2013. The report also draws analysis from more than 31,000 sample infections to Android devices.

"Consumers are very trusting of mobile applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds – they are apps they know and have used for some time. However, it's the thousands of unverified apps, often found on third party markets or P2P networks, that put users at risk," said Grayson Milbourne, security intelligence director at Webroot. "The report shows that this line of thinking is dangerous; poor app choices can lead to the compromise of an entire corporate network. The need to secure mobile devices will continue to grow as the discovery of new exploits and malicious apps increase—all driven by a clear focus on mobile platforms within the cybercrime community."

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