Malicious software on popular mobile platforms such as iOS and Android is at best a nuisance and at worst a security threat to individuals and businesses.
Known as malware, some perpetrators use it to infect apps and get inside your smartphone. Why do they do it? Money, mostly.
The recent Judy malware, for example, was reportedly found in 41 apps in the Google Play store. It seems to have made money for its creators by repeatedly auto-clicking on advertisements. Other mechanisms for mobile malware monetization include covert sending of premium-rate SMS messages, financial fraud and credential theft.
With millions of apps out there, it’s a growing problem.