RiskIQ’s Q2 2019 Mobile Threat Landscape Report

Blacklisted Apps Rise by 20%, Google Tightens Up, and Attackers Target Tax Season

Mobile is a significant portion of the overall corporate attack surface where security teams often suffer from a lack of visibility. For the second-consecutive quarter, blacklisted apps increased with a 20% spike, accounting for over 2% of all apps in RiskIQ’s telemetry.

To highlight the mobile threat landscape in the second quarter of 2019, RiskIQ applied our crawling platform, which monitors 120+ mobile app stores around the world and added over two million new apps to our database in Q2. We also leveraged our daily scans of nearly two billion resources to look for mobile apps in the wild.

Download RiskIQ’s Q2 Mobile Landscape Report for key mobile threat insights including:

  • Despite the 20% increase in blacklisted apps in Q2, the number of blacklisted apps in the Google Play Store decreased by a dramatic 59%.
  • The percentage of Blacklisted apps relative to the total number of apps known by RiskIQ also increased for the second-straight quarter, jumping from 1.95% to 2.1%.
  • RiskIQ detected 2,554,616 apps, a nearly 11% increase in app downloads from Q1.
  • Feral apps proved to be exceptionally dangerous, with a 51% blacklist rate.
  • Our research found 4,162,450 total apps matching tax-branded key terms in app stores around the world, with 30% of them, 1,221,070, blacklisted.

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