Moses Ashawa Sarah Morris


The open-source and popularity of Android attracts hackers and has multiplied security concerns targeting devices. As such, malware attacks on Android are one of the security challenges facing society. This paper presents an analysis of mobile malware evolution between 2000-2020. The paper presents mobile malware types and in-depth infection strategies malware deploys to infect mobile devices. Accordingly, factors that restricted the fast spread of early malware and those that enhance the fast propagation of recent malware are identified. Moreover, the paper discusses and classifies mobile malware based on privilege escalation and attack goals. Based on the reviewed survey papers, our research presents recommendations in the form of measures to cope with emerging security threats posed by malware and thus decrease threats and malware infection rates. Finally, we identify the need for a critical analysis of mobile malware frameworks to identify their weaknesses and strengths to develop a more robust, accurate, and scalable tool from an Android detection standpoint. The survey results facilitate the understanding of mobile malware evolution and the infection trend. They also help mobile malware analysts to understand the current evasion techniques mobile malware deploys.


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