"Emboldened by this independence, Yingmob and groups like it can focus on honing their skill sets to take malware campaigns in entirely new directions, a trend Check Point researchers believe will escalate," the researchers say. "For example, groups can pool device resources to create powerful botnets, they can create databases of devices to conduct highly-targeted attacks, or they can build new streams of revenue by selling access to devices under their control to the highest bidder."
On top of the 10 million users actively using these "malicious apps," the report says that Yingmob has access to 85 million devices globally with the ability to sell access to infected devices, as well as the information that passes through them. The malware is predominantly hitting devices in China (1.6 million infected) and India (1.3 million), but it's a global situation with 282,800 devices residing in the United States. There are 20 countries that have at least 100,000 infected devices.