According to data obtained by Kaspersky in 2019, about 50 thousand mobile users in Turkey suffered a cyber attack. Users have been largely the target of malicious adware and spyware.
Cyber attacks have seen a great increase in recent years and new legal regulations have been opened in this area. Despite all this, many users often continue to ignore the mobile side of the problem. According to the latest data obtained by Kaspersky researchers, in 2019 a total of 48 thousand 826 users in Turkey, was attacked on mobile devices.
According to Kaspersky’s statement, mobile advertising Trojans and spyware, which increased last year, pose a serious threat to smartphone users. Advertising software to collect personal data of victims without their consent can be forwarded to another server and mobile users last year, 30 thousand 946 in Turkey, it was the target of the advertising software.
Increased spyware attacks
Spyware software, on the other hand, consists of harassment software, which can be considered among the cyber attack methods. This type of spyware is usually installed on the device without the user’s knowledge or consent and runs unnoticed in the background. It can then access personal data such as device location, browser history, messages, apps, photos.
According to the latest data obtained by Kaspersky’s Force Against Harassment Software, the number of individual users attacked from 40,386 worldwide in 2018 increased to 67,500 in 2019. Also, in the second half of 2019, spyware attacks saw a 2-fold increase over the first half. According to the data, while 4 thousand 483 users were attacked in January 2019, this number increased to 9 thousand 546 in September 2019 and 11 thousand 52 in December 2019.
Kaspersky Security Researcher Victor Chebyshev said, “Harassment software aimed at tracking victims and stealing private information has become much more common in 2019. More importantly, the technical level of these attacks is not behind other types of attack. There’s always a way to keep personal data safe, but it’s very important to approach this issue carefully. ” He warned.
Kaspersky recommends smartphone users to pay attention to the applications they install on their devices and avoid downloading applications from unknown sources.