•Kaspersky lists them as Trojans, Trojan Downloaders; and trojan droppers
Of the more than 206,000 mobile malware attacks blocked by Kaspersky solutions for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in just six months between January and June 2021, over 30,000 of these attacks combined originated in Nigeria ( 14 071), Kenya (10 697) and South Africa (5 499).
Among the African countries monitored, Nigeria ranks only behind Egypt (19,466) in the number of attacks blocked, suggesting how widespread mobile threats have become in the highly connected country.
In fact, the latest Kaspersky research has shown that Nigeria ranks eighth (11.76 percent) when looking at the top 10 countries for the percentage of users targeted by mobile malware. While Kenya and South Africa may not play a prominent role, the mobile malware threat is still a cause for concern, along with the shift to more targeted attacks these countries are seeing.
The three most common malware behaviors that Kaspersky has observed in Kenya and Nigeria are trojans, trojan downloaders; and trojan droppers. In South Africa these are 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. As the name suggests, Trojan downloaders download and install new versions of malicious programs on victims’ computers, including Trojans and adware.
Trojan droppers typically store a number of files containing malicious programs on the victim’s drive. Once installed, a Trojan proxy enables an attacker to use the infected device as a proxy to connect to the Internet.
Bethwel Opil, Enterprise Sales Manager for Kaspersky in Africa, said: “Mobile malware remains a significant threat to business and home users across Africa. These attacks tend to vary widely, and hackers use a variety of methods and technologies to compromise victims’ devices.
Trojan downloaders and Trojan droppers are particularly dangerous as they have the potential to contain significantly harmful payloads. ”In addition to installing cybersecurity solutions on their mobile devices, such as Kaspersky Total Security, the company offered some additional options for users to improve their security. Cybersecurity wants users to create a strong password. By creating a strong password on your smartphone, the device can become unusable if it is lost or stolen and the password attempt fails a certain number of times.
Kaspersky warned that users should not trust SMS.
It stated that mobile malware uses text messaging, so users should never respond to requests for credit card details or other private information. It emphasized that users should check their browser for the lock icon. The lock symbol in the address bar indicates that the view is safe when entering personal data.
“Install apps from reputable sources. Popular shopping sites like Amazon or eBay have their own mobile applications. You need to check that they are the company’s official apps before starting a download. This can be done by checking the developer information and user ratings on the download page, ”it said.