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Ransomware and SMS-Sending Trojans: Top Threats in Bitdefender Android H2 2015 Report

Liviu ARSENE

February 24, 2016

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Ransomware and SMS-Sending Trojans: Top Threats in Bitdefender Android H2 2015 Report

Windows ransomware has inflicted financial losses for the past couple of years, especially since almost half of victims end up paying to recover their files.

However, cybercriminals have apparently been eyeballing other platforms as well, as our Android report for the last half of 2015 has revealed the threat not only targets specific countries, but it’s also increasing in complexity.

With 45.53 percent of all globally reported Android ransomware pointing to the US and 78.36 percent of all globally SMS-sending malware targeting the US users, cybercriminals seem to be exploiting Android’s market share.

Amongst our key findings, in Germany, UK and Australia, ransomware ranks as the most popular malware family. Other threats include fake apps that either install malware or aggressive adware, amounting to 19.55 percent of globally reported threats.

For more details on Android malware developments during the second half of 2015, check out the full report here.

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