In a recent post on their website, Kaspersky Lab reports that the “volume of malware targeting users of mobile devices grew more than three times in 2015.” The report also states that ransomware, a term used to describe malware that prevents users from accessing their system, was at the forefront of this onslaught.
Kaspersky claims to have spotted at least 884,774 malicious programs (three times what they were in 2014) and that the number of unique users infected rose to 94,344 from 18,458 the previous year.
A figure of 94,000 users is a paltry fraction of the 5 million+ users of Kaspersky’s security solutions. When you consider the hundreds of millions of smartphone users, that number can grow to something quite huge. The percentage of Kaspersky’s users who were attacked also increased from 1.1% to 3.8% from the previous year.
Calling 2015 “the year of ransomware”, currently circulating malware apparently asks users to pay ransoms between $12 and $100. Kaspersky says that this is proof of the profitability of ransomware techniques.
The report adds that a growing number of malware programs are now managing to getsuperuser access to your phone. This means that the malware has full control over your device and the ability to modify anything as it pleases. A device so infected maybe impossible to clean even after resetting the device and wiping all data.