Of the more than 206,000 mobile malware attacks blocked by Kaspersky solutions in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa between January and June this year, more than 30,000 of these attacks combined originated in Nigeria (14,071), Kenya (10 697) and South Africa (5 499).
Among the African countries observed, Nigeria only ranks behind Egypt (19,466) in the number of blocked attacks, indicating the prevalence of mobile threats in this highly connected country. The latest research by Kaspersky shows that when it comes to the top ten countries, Nigeria ranks eighth (with 11.76 percent) based on the percentage of users attacked by mobile malware.
While Kenya and South Africa may not be as prominently represented, the mobile malware threat was still a concern, along with the shift to more targeted attacks those countries saw, Kaspersky said.
The three most common malware behaviors that Kaspersky observed in Kenya and Nigeria were Trojans, Trojan downloaders, and Trojan droppers.
In South Africa these were Trojans, Trojan proxy and Trojan downloaders. A Trojan horse is a type of malware often disguised as legitimate software that attackers can use to attempt to access user systems.
Kaspersky in Africa Enterprise Sales Manager Bethwel Opil said mobile malware remains a significant threat to business and home users across Africa.
“These attacks are usually very diverse, and hackers use a variety of methods and technologies to compromise the victim’s devices. Trojan downloaders and Trojan droppers are particularly dangerous as they have the potential to contain significantly harmful payloads, ”said Opil. –