Cyber thieves who target Android phones are getting more sophisticated. Malware makers are tailoring their creations to make the most of conditions in each territory, according to the report by mobile security firm ‘Lookout’. In some places such as Russia, Android users were far more likely to encounter malicious code.
The report comes as analysis of apps on Google’s Play store shows a steep rise in the number of malicious programs.
“When it comes to mobile malware, everything is now regionalised,” said Marc Rogers, Lookout’s principal security researcher.
Gone were the days when the hi-tech thieves spammed their creations out to everyone, he said. Now malware varied by region as it was adapted to the different conditions in those places.