Kaspersky's Top 7 Mobile Security Threats in 2020

Mobile device security threats are on the rise. In 2014, Kaspersky detected almost 3.5 million pieces of malware on more than 1 million user devices.


By 2017, Kaspersky’s in-lab detection technologies processing reached 360,000 malicious files per day. And 78% of those files were malware programs, meaning that over 280,000 malware files per day were detected—many of which target mobile devices. Here’s a look at the top seven mobile device threats and what the future holds.


  • Data Leakage
  • Unsecured WiFi
  • Network Spoofing
  • Phishing Attacks
  • Spyware
  • Broken Cryptography
  • Improper Session Handling


According to Harvard Business Review (HBR), despite becoming a preferred target for hackers, mobile security is not prioritized relative to network and computer security. Even within the mobile ecosystem, HBR reported that security spending was chronically underfunded relative to mobile app development.


The Kaspersky report states: "As our reliance on mobile devices grows, so does the value of data, and thus, the motivation for cybercriminals. In addition to the mobile security threats we’ve just discussed, be alert for new threats focused on the following three key impact areas smishing, bring your own device and IOT."

You can read the full report here.

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