Alcatel-Lucent reports 2013 surge in mobile network infections affects 11.6
Home network infections rates for year remain flat as "traditional" PC malware
makes jump to mobile devices
PARIS, Jan. 29, 2014
PARIS, Jan.29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:
ALU) today released new data showing that security threats to mobile devices
continues its rapid rise, infecting at any time more than 11.6 million devices
and putting their owners at increased risk for stolen personal and financial
information; bill shock resulting from pirated data usage; and extortion in
exchange for device control. Meanwhile, the security threat to home networks
remained constant with traditional "fixed" malware types starting to make the
jump to mobile devices.
Figures for the 2013 fourth quarter and year from Alcatel-Lucent's Kindsight
Security Labs reveals that malicious software or "malware" used by hackers to
gain access to devices continues to rise with consumer ultra-broadband usage.
In addition to the posed risks to consumers, the malware is used to commit
espionage and launch denial of service attacks on businesses and governments.
Due to the unique position of Alcatel-Lucent's network security and analytic
products within networks, it can measure the impact of traffic types
traversing the network, including malicious and cyber-security threats.
The report found that mobile malware infections increased 20 percent in 2013,
with 4G LTE devices being the most likely to be infected. Android devices
accounted for 60% percent of total mobile network infections, which frequently
took the form of trojanized applications downloaded from third party app
stores, Google Play™ Store or by phishing scams. Forty percent of mobile
malware originated from Windows™ laptops tethered to a phone or connected
directly through a mobile USB stick or MIFI hub. Infections on iPhone® devices
and BlackBerry® devices made up less than 1 percent.
Other report highlights include:
oThe mobile infection rate was 0.55 percent in the fourth quarter. Based on
this, it is estimated that at any time over 11.6 million mobile devices -
mostly Android - are infected by malware.
oThe number of mobile malware samples grew 20 times in 2013.
oThe residential infection rate in fixed networks dropped from 9.6 percent
in October to 8.7 percent in December. For the year, it remained
relatively flat at 10 percent.
oSix percent broadband residential customers were infected with high-level
threats such as a bots, root-kits, and banking Trojans.
oAlthough ZeroAccess malware topped all infections in the fourth quarter,
its infection rate dropped from 0.8 percent to 0.4 percent due to
Microsoft's and Symantec's efforts to disrupt its operations.
"Criminals traditionally go after low hanging fruit," said Kevin McNamee,
security architect and director of Alcatel-Lucent's Kindsight Security Labs.
"Not only is Android the largest smartphone market, unlike iPhone and
Blackberry, it allows apps to be loaded from third party sites. This provides
cybercriminals with an un-policed mechanism to distribute their malware which
can easily evade detection by device-based anti-virus. Thus, in 2013 we saw an
increased trend towards operators offering network based anti-virus security
to subscribers as a service."
2013 was also a year that saw mobile spyware turn infected smartphones and
tablets into a cyber-espionage devices that allowed hackers to remotely track
location, download contact lists and personal information, intercept and send
messages, record conversation and take pictures.
The report also includes the top 20 home and Internet malware threats in 2013,
as well as analysis of malware developments, including ZeroAccess, Alureon,
the Zeus banking Trojan, Uapush, Coogos, NotCompatible, QDPlugin, and others.
Alcatel-Lucent with be exhibiting its cloud-based Kindsight Security Solution
at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24-27, 2014, Hall #3,
Booth #3K10 at at the Fira Gran Via.
oKindsight Security Labs Malware Report – Q4 2013
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