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Mobile malware increasingly being used for espionage by state-sponsored groups

A new report by BlackBerry shows that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are relying on mobile malware to a much larger extent then previous research has suggested. In the context of cyber espionage campaigns, state-backed hackers increasingly use mobile malware in combination with traditional malware.

Reasons for the growing use of mobile malware are not just related to the growing number of mobile devices, but also the low threat detection rates for such devices and the lack of advanced research into mobile malware. Mobile malware is extensively used by threat actors linked to countries like China, Iran, North Korea, and Vietnam. Brian Robison of BlackBerry Cylance said that “both organizations and consumers should be very concerned about what this means for not only their information, but also the safety and security of the countries in which they reside.”

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