Mobile malware refers to a type of harmful software designed to gain access to mobile phones and tablets via ads or apps aimed at stealing sensitive data, misusing device functions, holding a device ransom, and even generating fake traffic.
What is mobile malware?
Malware is a commonly known threat to desktop operation systems. However, as more and more users stream towards a mobile-first reality, hackers, criminals, and fraudsters follow attacking mobile devices instead.
While there are many types of mobile malware, it’s most generally defined as malicious and harmful program downloaded to a user’s device without their knowledge.
How mobile malware works
Mobile malware is code running on unsuspecting user’s mobile devices.
Though some mobile malware is pre-installed on phones (often by low-end manufacturers), most mobile malware arrives on devices via apps, particularly apps downloaded on third-party app stores or side-loaded onto devices.
Malware is used to steal sensitive data, misuse device functions, or hold the device ransom and it can also be used for generating fraudulent traffic.