As both App Store and Play Store contains millions of applications, malicious applications in the platforms are pretty common. One of the most common practice among the developers of these applications is impersonating popular brands to fool consumers to download the malicious application in their smartphones. While both Apple and Google is working to keep the malicious applications away from both of the companies’ respective stores, a new report by RiskIQ has revealed that phishing applications are on the rise in both platforms.
According to the latest report, popular categories such as messaging, antivirus, dating and social networking are the main target for these malicious applications. For instance, the report revealed that searching WhatsApp returned a total of 497 entries in the Play Store while searching Instagram returned 566 search results. While Play Store now contain only 4 percent of the total number of malicious applications, other application sources are main sources of malicious applications. Secondary app store AndroidAPKDescargar has seen rise in number of malicious applications as the figures more than doubled during this quarter.
Talking about the latest report, Mike Wyatt, director of product operations at RiskIQ said. “Securing the mobile app ecosystem continues to be a challenge for app stores of all sizes, but efforts to improve version control, monitor for abuse, employ verification techniques, and offer security education can help. the use of brand names and likeness is an equally daunting challenge for corporations. Brands should evaluate and implement solutions that constantly monitor their digital footprint online and in mobile app stores.”