2020 Threat Report: Mobile Security
Mobile Device Vulnerabilities
As mobile devices become more embedded in, and critical to, our everyday lives, threats continue to increase in number and complexity.
- Mobile platforms are primed for exploitation by governments engaged in espionage because they provide a quick, all-in-one means to acquire sensitive data from precisely chosen targets
- Mobile phones today offer access to user location, contacts, email, texts, and instant messaging, as well as encrypted communication applications and business files
- Mobile devices also often bridge the gap between a target’s professional and personal lives
Mobile Security in 2019 and Beyond
2019 Mobile Attack Trends
In 2019, BlackBerry observed an increase of customer-commissioned testing that focused specifically on three attack strategies, including:
- Reverse engineering to identify unknown application development vulnerabilities
- Bypassing or breaking application integrity protection
- Jailbreak and root detection hiding or masking
An attacker with the right skills and adequate time can usually discover creative ways to bypass security controls.
2020 Mobile Predictions
BlackBerry found that state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are exploiting mobile devices with impunity to surveil:
- Specific people of interest
- Traditional foreign intelligence
- Economic espionage targets
As public awareness of these attacks increases, we expect to see significant investments from enterprises and governments in mobile threat detection and response.