Kaspersky ranks Kenya as ninth most vulnerable country in mobile malware attacks

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Kenya is the ninth most vulnerable country in terms of mobile users attacked by malware, cyber security and anti-virus provider Kaspersky has revealed in their 2018 Mobile malware evolution report.

According to Kasperky, Kenya malware attacks happen approximately 29.72 per cent of the time with other African nations that made the list including: Nigeria, which came in at third with a 37.72 percentage, Algeria, which came in at number five with a 35.06 percentage and Tanzania, which ranked eighth with 31.34 percentage.

Kaspersky noted that 2018 saw a rise in the number of malware attacks on mobile devices with 116.5 million attacks being recorded compared to 66.4 million in 2017. This they said has been attributed to the growth in the role of smartphones in businesses and day to day activities.

In response, cybercriminals have paid more attention to how they are distributing malware with Viсtor Chebyshev, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab commenting in a press statement that:

“The channels through which malware is delivered to users and infects their devices is a key part of the success of a malicious campaign today; taking advantage of those users who do not have any security solutions installed on their phones.”

“In 2018, mobile device users faced what could have been the fiercest cybercriminal onslaught ever seen. We observed both new mobile device infection techniques, such as DNS hijacking (http://bit.do/eKudD), along with an increased focus on enhanced distribution schemes, like SMS spam,” Chebyshev added.

Among the threats encountered, the most significant growth was in the use of Trojan-Droppers, whose share almost doubled from 8.63 per cent in 2017 to 17.21 per cent in 2018. This type of malware is designed to bypass system protection and deliver all sorts of malware, from banking Trojans to ransom ware.

This trend, according to Kaspersky demonstrates the growing need for mobile security solutions to be installed on smartphones in order to protect users from device infection attempts, regardless of the source.

In order to protect devices, Kaspersky Lab security experts advise mobile users to:only install mobile applications from official app stores, block the installation of programmes from unknown sources in your smartphone’s settings and install system and application updates as soon as they are available through official app stores.

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