RiskIQ’s 2019 Mobile App Threat Landscape Report

The Mobile Ecosystem Swells, but Google Leads a Decline in Malicious Apps

In 2019, users downloaded over 200 billion apps and spent more than $120 billion in app stores worldwide, and will surpass that mark this year. However, mobile apps—especially in lesser-known stores—continue to be a significant portion of an enterprise's digital attack surface where cyber security teams often suffer from a critical lack of visibility.

As both app usage and app proliferation surge around the world, cyber threat actors make a living by developing apps that trick users into downloading malicious apps, often by mimicking well-known brands. RiskIQ’s 2019 Mobile App Threat Landscape report is an analysis of this murky mobile app underworld spanning the open web and app stores around the world. Drawing from scans of over 120 mobile app stores globally and nearly two billion web resources, our mobile app threat landscape report highlights where cyber threat actors focused their efforts in 2019 as well as trends that may carry into 2020.

Download the report to discover:

  • The percentage growth of the mobile app landscape
  • The percentage of change in dangerous apps between 2018 and 2019
  • The top-three most prolific app stores in 2019, and where they come from
  • Why Feral apps are almost always dangerous
  • The six most prolific app stores of blacklisted apps in 2019, and where they reside

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