Threats in Q2 2013: 100,000+ malicious apps for mobile devices

Kaspersky Lab has published its report on the evolution of threats in the second quarter of 2013. This period has been marked with a number of security incidents of different types and severities, including the discovery of global cyber espionage campaigns like Winnti and NetTraveler, and massive leaks of personal data from companies such as Drupal, Opera and Ubisoft.

The main “celebrity” of the quarter was mobile malware in terms of quantity as well as complexity. Mobile malicious programs turned out to be the most remarkable kind of cyber threats during the period.

The key numbers and facts of the report are:

  • In the second quarter of 2013, 983,051,408 malicious objects were identified and blocked by Kaspersky Lab products.
  • 29,695 new malicious apps for mobile devices were discovered. At the end of June 2013, the number of malicious apps in Kaspersky Lab’s database had surpassed 100,000.

Number of malicious code samples in our collection

  • Servers based in the US (24.4%) and Russia (20.7%) most frequently distributed malware. Germany occupies third place with 14.5% of malicious attacks originating from this country.


The distribution of online resources seeded with malicious programs in Q2 2013.

  • 577,159,385 web-based attacks were blocked during the same period. The number of local attacks blocked was 400,604,327.
  • Backdoor attacks are the most popular type of mobile malware (32.3%), second is Trojans (23.2%), followed by SMS-Trojans. Remarkably, only recently, SMS-Trojans were the most widespread.
  • Cybercriminals have started to actively use sophisticated techniques to complicate the analysis of mobile malicious code. The functionality of mobile malware has also become more complex.

The full report entitled “IT Threat Evolution: Q2 2013” is available at

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