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F-Secure: Majority of mobile malware designed for Google Android

Google Android-powered devices had the largest amount of security threats, with 99 percent of mobile threats found on the open source OS.

Published Tue, Apr 29 2014 5:59 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

A whopping 99 percent of mobile threats during the first three months of 2014 targeted the Google Android platform, with 275 total Android threat families and variants, according to security firm F-Secure Labs. Compared to Q1 of 2013, Android faced 149 new threat families, as cybercriminals perfect their craft in an effort to compromise smartphones and tablets.

F-Secure: Majority of mobile malware designed for Google Android | TweakTown.com

"These developments give us signs to the direction of malware authors," said Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure Chief Research Officer, in a press statement. "We'll very likely see more of these in the coming months. For example, mobile phones are getting more powerful, making it possible for cybercriminals to profit by using them to mine for cryptocurrencies."

The private sector has taken great interest in developing Android security - along with hardware manufacturers using the open source platform - but there is still a lot of work left to do. Companies also have found they need to do a better job speaking with Android users, alerting them of security threats, while teaching them how to remain more secure.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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