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2016-09-01

NOKIA: Nokia malware report shows surge in mobile device infections in 2016

* Mobile device infections rose 96 percent in the first half of 2016,
reaching an all-time high in April
* Smartphones accounted for 78 percent of all mobile network infections
* Malware is becoming more sophisticated, utilizing multiple methods to
bypass safeguards and take permanent control of devices

01 September 2016

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today issued the
Nokia Threat Intelligence Report - H1 2016, revealing a sharp rise in the
occurrence of smartphone malware infections in
the first half of the year.
Issued twice per year, the r
eport
examines general trends and statistics for malware infections in devices
connected through mobile and fixed networks.

According to the report, smartphone infections nearly doubled between January
and July compared to the latter half of 2015, with smartphones accounting for
78 percent of all mobile network infections. The malware infection rate hit
an all-time high in April, with infections striking 1.06 percent of all
mobile devices tracked. In addition, devices based on the Android(TM)
operating system were the most targeted mobile platform by far, representing
74 percent of all mobile malware infections.

The report also highlighted the emergence of new, more sophisticated malware
that can be more difficult to detect and remove.

Kevin McNamee, head of the Nokia Threat Intelligence Lab,
said
: "Today attackers are targeting a broader range of applications and
platforms, including popular mobile games and new IoT devices, and developing
more sophisticated and destructive forms of malware. Nokia's network-based
security solution is the best approach to address this growing threat to all
types of devices. It detects and prevents malware activity that device-based
solutions may miss."

Key findings of the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report include:

* 96-percent surge in smartphone infections: The average smartphone infection
rate increased 96 percent in the first half of 2016, compared to the second
half of 2015 (0.49 percent vs 0.25 percent).
* New all -time high: In April 2016, mobile infections hit an all-time high,
with 1.06 percent of devices infected by a range of malware, including
ransomware, spyphone applications, SMS Trojans, personal information theft
and aggressive adware.
* One out of 120 smartphones infected: In April, one out of every 120
smartphones had some type of malware infection.
* Android OS hit hardest: Android smartphones were the most targeted mobile
platform, accounting for 74 percent of all malware infections compared to
Window/PC systems (22 percent), and other platforms, including iOS devices
(4 percent).
* 75 percent jump in malware samples: The number of infected Android apps in
Nokia's malware database soared 75 percent, from 5.1 million in December
2015 to 8.9 million in July 2016.
* Mobile game infections detected within hours: Downloaded mobile
applications are a key conduit for malware attacks. The Nokia Threat
Intelligence Lab detected infected copies of an extremely popular mobile
game within hours after they were posted on untrusted third-party download
sites.
* More sophisticated malware: Malware is becoming increasingly more
sophisticated, as new variations attempt to root the phone in order to
provide complete control and establish a permanent presence on the device.
* Top three mobile threats: The top three mobile malware threats were
Uapush.A, Kasandra.B and SMSTracker, together accounting for 47 percent of
all infections.
* Fixed residential network infections rise: The overall monthly infection
rate in residential fixed broadband networks reached an average of 12
percent in the first half of 2016, compared to 11 percent in late 2015,
primarily due to an increase in moderate threat level adware. These
infections are mostly due to malware on Windows PCs and laptops in the
home, but also include infections on smartphones using home WiFi.

Data in the Nokia Threat Intelligence Report is aggregated from deployments of
the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution around the globe, covering more
than 100 million devices, including mobile phones, laptops, notepads and
Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Resources:

* Nokia Threat Intelligence Report - H1 2016

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About the Nokia Threat Intelligence Lab

The Nokia Threat Intelligence Lab focuses on the behavior of malware network
communications to develop detection rules that identify infections based on
command and control communication and other network behavior. This approach
enables the detection of malware in the service provider's network and the
detection rules developed form the foundation of Nokia's network-based
malware detection product suite.

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things.
Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the
company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that
are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network,
Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers,
governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud
and the Internet of Things.www.nokia.com

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Source: NOKIA via Globenewswire

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