Malware Threats on iOS Devices on the Rise

Mike McEnaney

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has published its latest Threat Index, highlighting the most prevalent malware families being used to attack organizations' networks and mobile devices globally in April 2016.

Check Point identified 2,000 unique malware families during April, which was more than a 50 percent increase on the previous month. The findings revealed a wide range of threats that organizations' networks face and the scale of the challenges that security teams need to think about in preventing an attack on their business critical information. Most notably:

  • Researchers found XcodeGhost, a compromised version of the iOS developer platform Xcode, is still an imminent threat to enterprise mobile devices, even though it was pulled from the Apple App Store in September 2015. In general, attacks targeting iOS devices moved into the top three of most common mobile malware for the first time.
  • Android malware HummingBad remained in the overall top-10 of malware attacks across all platforms globally during the period. Despite only being discovered by Check Point researchers in February, it has rapidly become commonly used, indicating hackers view Android mobile devices as weak spots in enterprise security and as potentially highly rewarding targets.

"As organizations' dependence on mobility continues to grow, this latest research highlights cyber criminals are taking advantage of these devices, as they are proving to be the weakest link in enterprise IT security," said Michael Shaulov, head of mobility product management, Check Point. "This data also reinforces the need for businesses to have a strategy of advanced threat prevention on not only networks - but also on all endpoints and mobile devices - in order to best stop malware at the pre-infection stage."