Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm, says Nigeria is among the top 10 countries globally where users of mobile devices experienced attack by malware in 2018.
Kaspersky, in its Mobile malware evolution 2018 report, added that Nigeria climbed two places to become the third country out of 10 attacked by mobile malware, recording 37.72 per cent of the attacks
According to the findings of researchers, four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware.
It stated that Algeria came in fifth, with users recording 35.06 per cent of the attacks, Tanzania in eighth place with 31.34 per cent of the malware and Kenya in ninth place with 29.72 per cent.
According to the cybersecurity firm, researchers have seen the number of attacks using malicious mobile software nearly double in just a year.
In 2018, it said there were 116.5 million attacks, compared to 66.4 million in 2017, with a significant increase in unique users being affected.
Despite more devices being attacked, the cybersecurity firm said the number of malware files had decreased, leading researchers to conclude that the quality of mobile malware had become more impactful and precise.
As the world becomes more mobile, Kaspersky noted that the role of smartphones in business processes and day-to-day life was growing rapidly.
According to it, cybercriminals are paying more attention to how they are distributing malware and the attack vectors used, adding that channels through which malware is delivered to users and infects their devices is a key part of the success of a malicious campaign today, taking advantage of those users who do not have any security solutions installed on their phones.
Analysts at Kaspersky noted that the success of the distribution strategies was demonstrated not only by the increase in attacks, but also the number of unique users that had encountered malware.
Last year, it said the figure rose by 774,000 on the previous year to 9,895,774 affected users.
“Among the threats encountered, the most significant growth was in the use of Trojan-Droppers, whose share almost doubled from 8.63 per cent to 17.21 per cent. This type of malware is designed to bypass system protection and deliver all sorts of malware, from banking Trojans to ransomware,” the report added.