India is among the countries with the highest Android malware infestations

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  • According to a new report, India is among the countries with the most Android infections. According to the T2 2022 Threat Report from Malware Protection and Internet Security firm ESET, India is among the countries with the most detections of Android/ Spy Agent Trojan malware as Android threat detection continued to grow by 9.5 percent in T2 2022.

These trojan agents are malware files or code that arrive undetected on a target device, often mixed with or disguised as another app and then spy on the target devices, with capabilities as far as covertly recording audio and video.

As the clone app is not available via the Google Play Store and is sideloaded by most of its users, it carries a number of security risks. Like most APK files, the sideloaded file can be easily modified and can contain malware before users even download it. Without the protection of the Play Store, these apps with malicious code can run through your system easily once installed.

The report adds that third-party WhatsApp client/clone GB WhatsApp, which offers its users all of WhatsApp’s standard features along with some added benefits, was responsible for a large portion of Android spyware detection in the last four months.

The worst thing about a trojan malware is that the attacks are not immediately noticeable and although the malicious code may spy on you, your phone’s daily performance may not be affected enough to notice a difference. Therefore, these attacks are not only difficult to detect but also to get rid of, often requiring a complete reset of the device to clear the malicious code.

Number of ‘Mozi’ IoT botnets declines, but India and China remain key geolocationsThe country also ranks second, just below China, as a geolocation for bots that make up IoT botnet ‘Mozi,’ according to the report.

“The largest zombie IoT botnet ‘Mozi’ saw the number of bots drop 23% from 500,000 compromised devices in T1 to 383,000 in T2. However, China (53%) and India (35%) continued to have the highest number of IoT bots located within their respective countries. These statistics confirm the assumption that the Mozi botnet has been running on autopilot without human supervision since its alleged author was arrested in 2021,” the report said.