Number of malicious apps in stores dropped 37% across global app stores in Q4 2017


The threat of malicious mobile apps may be in slow decline, according to a new risk assessment from digital threat management company RiskIQ. Indeed, Q4 2017 saw a decline of 37% in malicious mobile apps led by a drop in inventory by one of the more prolific blacklisted app dealers, AndroidAPKDescargar.
The RiskIQ report looked at 120 mobile app stores and 2 billion daily scanned resources to determine mobile threat levels during Q4 2017.
The Google Play Store continues to have the largest number of blacklisted apps. Meanwhile, apps downloadable outside of app stores fell in popularity.
AndroidAPKDescargar had 7,419 blacklisted apps, whilst 9game.com had 4,083 blacklisted apps and 9apps 3,644.
Meanwhile, RiskIQ warned of apps mimicking cryptocurrency apps. These were found to contain bankbots and Trojans.

“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,” said Mike Wyatt, director of Product Operations at RiskIQ. “Tracking 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.”