Alarming Surge In Malicious Apps

Ransomware has also become a popular form of attack in recent years and is significantly growing and the high profile Kaseya and Pegasus attacks are just the latest in a series of cyber attacks. With the pandemic forcing employees away from the office and outside of IT’s reach, the threat of bad actors online has increased.

Appurity, the cross-platform mobility specialist and Lookout, an integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company, joined forces to look at the data and their investigation has revealed that mobile users have experienced 200% more malicious apps this year, compared to the same period in 2020.  

They also found that the alarming new surge in malicious mobile apps is a particularly  serious threat to iPhone users. 

During the First 6 months of this year: 

  • Mobile users experienced over 200% more malicious mobile apps than the same period in 2020.
  • More than 1 in 5 enterprise mobile users encountered at least one phishing attack.
  • There was a 30% increase in phishing encounters for enterprise users versus the same period in 2020.
  • Over 50% of consumer users encountered at least one phishing encounter in the same period in 2020

Appurity conduct many mobile assessments to evaluate customers' infrastructure, their apps, security posture of devices and whether this meets regulations such as Cyber Essentials Plus or ISO.

“What’s clear is that the pandemic, and the way our working patterns have changed, have opened up new opportunities for cyber threats to prevail. The data, whilst shocking, doesn’t surprise me... These attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They understand that remote/hybrid work is an opportunity for them so that’s a big factor here." commented Appurity's Steve Whiter.

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