ESET: Russia leads in the number of threats for Android

Anti-virus company ESET has prepared a report on current mobile Android threats detected in the first half of 2019, which notes that the greatest number of malicious programs were discovered in Russia (16%), Iran (15%) and Ukraine (8%).

After Analyzing the activities of attackers and popular attack patterns, the experts came to the conclusion that the number of security vulnerabilities of Android-devices has decreased, but the proportion is really dangerous malware samples has increased markedly.

Thus, the number of mobile threats has decreased by 8% compared to the same period in 2018.

Thus 68% of the discovered vulnerabilities are critical for the normal functioning of smartphones and tablets on Android, or for personal data security of users. This figure is significantly higher than it was last year.

One of the most common types of mobile threats remain ransomware. The recently discovered Android/Filecoder.C uses both symmetric and asymmetric encryption and is distributed through the SMS messages on the contact list.