Hackers Are Capitalizing On COVID-19 to Attack Mobile Apps

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how important digital services are to the world. As more and more people work from home, reliance on mobile applications for grocery shopping, food delivery, and communication become an essential part of life.

Hackers are quick to exploit the situation as well. Taking Advantage of the COVID-19 scare may seem distasteful, but cyber-criminals have been using it to trick victims into downloading infected applications and malicious attachments before Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic.

In a recent analysis, researchers have highlighted a huge spike in apps and malwares containing “covid” or “corona” in the file path or package name in Google Play and 3rd Party marketplaces. Alarmingly, Asia peeked at about 1,000 applications scanned in March, containing the two keywords.

Your quick reaction to face the forthcoming onslaught of attacks to mobile apps is essential in protecting your data and most importantly, your customers. You can easily turn your apps into a self-protecting fortress in minutes with SMSX. SMSX is an in-app tool that proactively protect your apps during runtime (Runtime Application Self Protection) and at rest.

Features and protections listed below can be enabled to your app immediately upon shielding: