Mobile device malware infection rates increased steadily in 2016, reaching an all-time high
- Smartphones hit hardest: infections rose nearly 400 percent in 2016, and accounted for 85 percent of all mobile device infections in the second half of 2016
- Massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks revealed urgent need for improved Internet of Things (IoT) device security
27 March 2017
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today issued its latest Threat Intelligence Report, revealing a new all-time high in mobile device malware infections, a sharp increase in compromised smartphones and major IoT device security vulnerabilities.
Issued twice per year, the Nokia Threat Intelligence Report examines general trends and statistics for infections in devices connected through mobile and fixed networks around the world.
The latest report revealed a steady increase in mobile device infections throughout 2016, with malware striking 1.35 percent of all mobile devices in October – the highest level seen since reporting started in 2012. The report also revealed a surge of nearly 400 percent in smartphone malware attacks in 2016. Smartphones were the most-targeted devices in the second half of the year, accounting for 85 percent of all mobile device infections.