India among countries with most Android malware, “GB WhatsApp” among responsible apps: ESET report
A new report has suggested that India is among the countries with the most Android infections. The Q2 2022 threat report from malware protection and internet security company ESET suggests that India was among the countries with the most Android malware/ Spy Agent Trojan detections, as Android threat detections continued to increase by 9.5% in Q2 2022.
These Trojan agents are malicious files or code that arrive on a target device undetected, often mixed or disguised as another application, and then spy on the target devices, with capabilities up to secretly recording audio and video.
Responsible ‘GB WhatsApp’ Among Responsible Apps
The report adds that the third-party WhatsApp client/clone GB WhatsApp, which offers its users all the standard WhatsApp features plus some additional benefits, was responsible for a large portion of Android spyware detections over the past four months. .
As the clone app is not available through the Google Play Store and is downloaded by most of its users, it comes with a number of security risks. Like most APK files, the downloaded file can be easily modified and may contain malware even before users download it. Without Play Store protection, these apps containing malicious code can easily run on your system once installed.
The worst part about Trojan malware is that the attacks won’t be immediately noticeable and although the malicious code may be spying on you, your phone’s day-to-day performance may not be affected enough to notice a difference. That’s why these attacks are not only difficult to spot, but also difficult to eliminate, often requiring a complete reset of devices to erase the malicious code.
Number of “Mozi” IoT botnets drops, but India and China remain key geolocations
According to the report, the country also ranked second just after China as the geolocation of bots composing the “Mozi” IoT botnet.
“Mozi, the largest IoT zombie botnet, saw the number of bots drop 23%, from 500,000 compromised devices in Q1 to 383,000 in Q2. However, China (53%) and India (35%) continued to have the highest number of location-based IoT bots in the respective countries. These statistics support the hypothesis that the Mozi botnet has been on autopilot, operating without human oversight since its reputed perpetrator was arrested in 2021,” the report states.