Top 20 threats to Mobile Apps and APIs?

Here is a list of 20 common threats that impact mobile app security and API security:

  1. Data Breaches:

    Unauthorized access leading to the exposure of sensitive user data. Risks include personal information (PII), credentials, and financial data.
  2. Man-in-the-Middle Attacks (MitM):

    Interception of communication between mobile apps and APIs, allowing attackers to eavesdrop or modify data.
  3. Code Tampering:

    Unauthorized modification of the mobile app's code, potentially leading to functionality alterations or the injection of malicious code.
  4. Reverse Engineering:

    Extraction of source code or sensitive information from the mobile app, often for the purpose of creating counterfeit versions.
  5. API Security Risks:

    Inadequate protection of APIs, leading to vulnerabilities such as unauthorized access, injection attacks, and data exposure.
  6. Credential Theft:

    Unauthorized acquisition of user credentials, often through phishing attacks or exploitation of weak authentication mechanisms.

  7. Device Compromise:

    Compromised mobile devices can expose sensitive information and compromise the security of mobile apps.
  8. Malicious App Installations:

    Installation of counterfeit or malicious apps that imitate legitimate ones, potentially leading to data theft or unauthorized access.
  9. Insecure Data Storage:

    Weak encryption or improper storage of sensitive data on the device, making it vulnerable to unauthorized access.
  10. Insufficient Transport Layer Protection:

    Lack of proper TLS encryption during data transmission, exposing information to interception and manipulation.
  11. Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks:

    Overwhelming a mobile app or API with traffic to disrupt its availability, causing service downtime.
  12. Phishing Attacks:

    Deceptive techniques to trick users into revealing sensitive information, such as login credentials or personal details.
  13. Mobile Malware:

    Malicious software specifically designed to exploit vulnerabilities in mobile devices or apps, leading to unauthorized access or data theft.
  14. Lack of Binary Protections:

    Absence of safeguards against reverse engineering or code analysis, allowing attackers to gain insights into the app's inner workings.
  15. Weak Session Management:

    Inadequate controls over user sessions, leading to vulnerabilities like session hijacking or session fixation.
  16. Non-compliance with Security Standards:

    Failure to adhere to established security standards and best practices, exposing apps and APIs to known vulnerabilities.
  17. Unsecured Third-Party Libraries:

    Integration of insecure or outdated third-party libraries, introducing potential vulnerabilities into the mobile app.
  18. Poorly Implemented Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA):

    Inadequate implementation of MFA, allowing attackers to bypass additional authentication measures.
  19. Inadequate Security Awareness:

    Lack of awareness among users and developers about potential security threats and best practices.
  20. Supply Chain Attacks:

    Compromising the security of a mobile app or API through vulnerabilities in its supply chain, including third-party services or components.
Understanding and mitigating these top 20 threats is crucial for maintaining the security and integrity of mobile applications and APIs.