Android ransomware attacks increase four-fold in past year

Ransomware attacks aren't limited to computers and network servers. Mobile phones can be targeted too, and they are increasingly being hit with this type of malware. Over the course of a year, the number of ransomware attacks on Android phones increased almost four-fold, according to a Kaspersky Lab report.

Kaspersky analyzed the number of ransomware attacks on Android phones that use its security solution. From April 2014 to March 2015, there were 35,413 attempted ransomware attacks on these phones. One year later, there were 136,532 attempted ransomware attacks on these phones.

Additionally, of all malware attacks on the phones, the proportion that were ransomware attempts increased from 2.04 percent from 2014-15 to 4.63 percent in 2015-16.

Mobile ransomware has not been studied or researched as widely as PC ransomware, according to the report.

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