Mobile Data Report Round-Up – June 2017
Wandera have released their June 2017 Mobile Data Report which is an in-depth analysis of mobile data security and usage trends across Wandera’s global network of enterprise mobile devices. Here’s some of the key points you should be aware of:
The Top Five Mobile Malware Threats in June
An Android trojan malware that steals and leaks user information, it has been found within over 800 applications on the Google Play Store which have been downloaded millions of times.
An auto-clicking malware that uses infected devices to produce fraudulent clicks on ads, generating cash for hackers, there are between 4.5 and 18.5 million infected app downloads from the Google Play store.
A trojan SMS malware variant that can send premium rate SMS messages and open ad URLs to siphon users’ money, two apps identified as hosting the malware have been downloaded over 20,000 times from the Google Play Store.
A new rooting malware and the first Android malware ever to inject malicious code into the device’s system runtime library to gain root privileges. It has been downloaded more than 50,000 times.
A sophisticated banking malware that steals users’ financial information which waits in the background for an app to open from a targeted list of banking domains and overlays a fake login page to lure the victim into supplying credentials. Worryingly, less than 20% of antivirus scanners have been able to detect it.
Mobile data leaks continue through June
Location & Email
Location leaks took the lead this month over email address leaks, demonstrating the frightening number of developers leaving users’ sensitive information unprotected. The number of sites and apps tracking users’ locations has increased substantially over the last few years.
Username & Password
Username and password leaks stayed relatively constant this month, except for a large peak in volume at the beginning of June, this was due to two events occurring within the customer base. The first was the result of an employee using an online radio application that leaked his username in plaintext over 5,000 separate times in one day. The second occurred when an employee logged into the hosting website for a security camera feed. This website leaked the user’s password by sending it unencrypted over the internet more than 2,000 times.
Only 63% of Apple users within Wandera’s customer base have downloaded the latest iOS version (10.3), this means 37% of employees are utilising an outdated Apple operating system. The importance of keeping operating systems up to date is often underestimated as exploits are increasingly discovered and patches are published for legacy systems.
(See Brown’s Bytes for more about the importance of staying updated.)
Android OS versions present within our customers’ mobile ﬂeets are more fragmented with only 20% of Samsung users on the latest operating system, meaning 80% are using an outdated Android OS. Any information stored on or accessed by these devices is at risk thanks to issues and bugs present within most legacy operating systems.
- Windows 10 Mobile devices: Users went through 82 MB of data per day
- iPads: Data used was 65% of Windows 10 Mobile data usage
- iPhones: Generated only 59% of Windows 10 Mobile usage levels
- Samsung devices: Used 38% of their Windows 10 counterparts.
The Top Data Usage Categories
Domestic Vs. Roaming Usage
As we move into the summer months, roaming is growing as a percentage of overall data usage. June roaming came in at roughly 3%, up from 2.5% in May. July and August are expected to be the heaviest roaming months which means businesses need to ensure their potential roaming costs are managed eﬀectively.
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