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World of Mobile Threats: UK

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The mobile threat landscape varies significantly by geography. Not only does the aggregate likelihood of encountering a threat change as you move from North America to Europe to Asia, but the specific …

The mobile threat landscape varies significantly by geography. Not only does the aggregate likelihood of encountering a threat change as you move from North America to Europe to Asia, but the specific prevalence of mobile threats varies across a broad spectrum that ranges from irritating to dangerous. Lookout took a deep dive into data from the Lookout Platform to review the year in malware to date, from January to May 2013.

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  • 1. MOBILE THREATS AROUND THE WORLDThe mobile threat landscape varies significantly by geography. Not only does the aggregatelikelihood of encountering a threat change as you move from North America to Europe toAsia, but the specific prevalence of mobile threats varies across a broad spectrum that rangesfrom irritating to dangerous. Lookout took a deep dive into data from the Lookout Platform toreview the year in malware to date, from January to May 2013.Adware dominates detections in allcountries, due to a lack of clearguidelines for what is acceptable formobile advertising and higher payoutsfor unscrupulous advertising methods.A D W A R EC H A R G E W A R ES P Y W A R ES U R V E I L L A N C ET R O J A NU S1.66%D E2.37%J P0.78%U K2.16%I N5.49%LIKELIHOODChargeware is common in theUnited Kingdom, a region thatseveral pornographic premiumSMS campaigns target.This is a comparison of percentageof likelihood per country and typeof mobile threat.GLOBAL LIKELIHOOD BY TYPE OF THREATProbability of a user encountering at least one threat of the given type in a 7 day period.We limited this deep dive to a specific set of countries across a range of global geographies,including the US, UK, Germany, Japan and India.Germany has a higher relative preva-lence of Trojans than the other coun-tries on our list; several premiumSMS families are most prevalent inthis region.Surveillanceware is popular in theUS as it has found a quasi-legalposition in the market. This lowerbarrier to entry allows developersto target a wide audience.Japan has a relatively smallnumber of threats compared toother countries, likely becausepremium SMS does not existin Japan.India has a very high incidenceof Adware; several adware vari-ants specifically target gamingapps popular in this region.A D W A R ELIKELIHOOD1.60%Software that collectssensitive informationabout a person or devicethrough an ad platform.C H A R G E W A R ELIKELIHOOD0.22%Application that chargesfees without making thecharge clear to the user.S P Y W A R ELIKELIHOOD0.10%Program that gathersdata from a large groupof users and then trans-mits sensitive data aboutthem without their knowl-edge or consent.S U R V E I L L A N C ELIKELIHOOD0.16%Program that targets spe-cific individuals or organi-zations and is designedto capture and transmitsensitive user informationwithout their knowledge.T R O J A NLIKELIHOOD0.53%Program that appearslegit, but performs illicitactivity when it is run, orallows someone to re-motely take control ofthe device.1.20%ADWARE0.17%CHARGEWARE0.18%SURVEILLANCE0.78%TROJAN0.04%SPYWAREG E R M A N Y2.37% threat likelihood0.50%ADWARE0.01%CHARGEWARE0.01%SURVEILLANCE0.21%TROJAN0.05%SPYWAREJ A P A N0.78% threat likelihood 3.80%ADWARE0.49%CHARGEWARE0.24%SURVEILLANCE0.74%TROJAN0.22%SPYWAREI N D I A5.49% threat likelihood1 .00%ADWARE0.38%CHARGEWARE0.13%SURVEILLANCE0.55%TROJAN0.10%SPYWAREU N I T E D K I N G D O M2.16% threat likelihood0.90%ADWARE0.07%CHARGEWARE 0.24%SURVEILLANCE0.24%TROJAN0.10%SPYWAREU N I T E D S T A T E S1.66% threat likelihood

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