Kaspersky has recently released a new report on the growing threats faced by mobile devices in Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa.
According to the report by the cybersecurity company, the number of mobile threat detections in the Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa region has increased by 5% in the second quarter of 2023 compared to the same period last year.
As users increasingly rely on their mobile devices to share personal data and connect to corporate networks, the need for mobile cybersecurity measures has become more crucial. Kaspersky’s mobile solutions were able to block all the identified threats in the report.
The statistics in the report are based on data collected from Kaspersky solutions running on Android devices, which hold a dominant market share in the mentioned regions. While Apple devices are not immune to cyberthreats, they are more challenging to monitor due to the specific nature of their operating system.
Among the most prevalent threats detected in the Middle East, Turkiye, and Africa region are adware and mobile banking threats.
Adware detections saw a significant rise in the region compared to last year, with Nigeria experiencing a 94% increase, Turkiye with 49%, South Africa with 27%, Kenya with 39%, and the Middle East with 6%. Additionally, Turkiye witnessed a twofold increase (102%) in Trojan-Banker detections, which are used to target online banking and e-payment systems.
Anton Kivva, Malware Analyst Team Lead at Kaspersky, warns that with the growing adoption of smartphones and mobile banking in the region, cybercriminals are likely to increase their targeting of mobile devices.
He emphasizes the importance of prioritizing mobile cybersecurity measures such as robust antivirus software, regular updates, user education, and vigilance against social engineering tactics to safeguard mobile devices and sensitive data.
To protect against mobile threats, Kaspersky recommends downloading apps only from official stores like Apple AppStore, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore. They also advise checking the permissions of apps before permitting them, especially for high-risk permissions such as Accessibility Services.
Additionally, Kaspersky suggests using a reliable mobile security solution like Kaspersky Premium to detect malicious apps and adware. Regularly updating the operating system and important apps is also crucial in addressing safety issues.
Kaspersky calls on the mobile industry to enhance cybersecurity protection at all levels and provide tailored cybersecurity services to users.