Malware and ransomware attacks on Macs and Android devices on the rise

Malware and ransomware attacks on Macs and Android devices on the rise

Malware and ransomware attacks on Macs and Android devices on the rise

Macs and Android devices have been hit by more malware and ransomware attacks so far this year than in all of 2016, notes security research firm Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes has detected an alarming rise in malware and ransomware attacks on both Macs and Android devices in the first half of 2017.

Security research firm Malwarebytes has revealed the true extent of the threat that malware and ransomware attacks pose to Macs and Android devices. The firm has noted an alarming rise in both malware and ransomware attacks this year, notably between May and June.

The firm notes that the arrival of new malware variants now makes it clear that Mac users can no longer rest on the belief that they are protected from such attacks. A research conducted by Malwarebytes detected more malware attacks on Macs between May and June than observed in all of 2016.

“Adware and potentially unwanted programs are becoming a major problem for Mac users. Some very popular apps have been known to carry these threats and despite protections in place, the App Store is not immune to these threats," says Thomas Reed, Director of Mac and Mobile at Malwarebytes.

"This perpetuates a crucial lesson that, despite what many Mac users think, they are not safe even if they are careful about what they download. Being security-savvy is no longer enough, all Mac users need dedicated protection against malware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs," he adds.

Similarly, Malwarebytes has detected a 100% rise in Android ransomware detections in 2017 compared to last year. The detections also rose by 137.8% from Q1 to Q2 globally. Since the beginning of this year, Android malware detections have also gone up by around 5%.

The firm noted that three ransomware families, namely Jisut, SLocker, and Koler, accounted for over 95% of all ransomware detections this year, thereby signifying the threat that they pose to businesses and government organisations globally.

“Windows devices are no longer the sole victims of damaging malware attacks, as strategic attacks on Android devices are rapidly on the rise. All Android users need to remain alert and proactively guard their identity and data on the go, just as they do on their computers at home," said Armando Orozco, Senior Mobile Malware Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes.

To help businesses protect their Mac and Android devices from the rising threat from malware and ransomware attacks, Malwarebytes is now offering its new Malwarebytes for Mac and Malwarebytes for Android security solutions.

Malwarebytes for Mac will offer real-time protection from malware, adware and potentially unwanted programs by blocking and removing them once they are detected. The software utilises minimal system resources and can run alongside other antivirus solutions.

Similarly, Malwarebytes for Android will regularly scan mobile applications, files, native memory and SD cards in Android mobile devices for malware, spyware, and potentially unwanted programmes. At the same time, it will offer ransomware protection, identify security vulnerabilities and will identify every application's access privileges in detail.

Copyright Lyonsdown Limited 2020

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