A global conglomerate had 75 percent of its mobile devices infected by a variant of the Cerberus Android banking trojan after an attack compromised the company's mobile device management (MDM) server and used it to spread the malware.

In a company blog post report, Check Point Software Technologies identifies MDM as a fairly novel malware distribution attack vector, noting that it's the "first time we have a reported incident" of this nature, whereby an MDM solution is abused to push out malware to devices.

For the record, instances of MDM abuse have -- at least on a limited basis --been reported previously, as demonstrated here. Nevertheless, with businesses leaning heavily on mobile devices and MDM solutions during the COVID-19 crisis, the threat of potentially seeing a string of copycat attacks in the future is likely much greater than before.

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