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Security experts warn of threats, as consumers prove to be naive

Google Android threats continue, and Blue Coat Security officials recently discuss their efforts to try and learn more about mobile threats.

Published Tue, May 13 2014 6:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

In an effort to infect as many smartphones and tablets as possible, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Google Android-powered devices. It's not a big surprise as security researchers continually note that the majority of mobile malware is aimed towards Android, with F-Secure pegging the number about 99 percent.

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Blue Coat Systems specializes in business security, and has a team specifically designed to hunt down malware and other threats, trying to find ways to neutralize security issues.

"It's more like watching a bank of video security cameras focused on a high-crime area," said Andrew Brandt, Blue Coat Systems Director of Threat Research, when speaking to CNET. "I had downloaded an unrelated app a few hours earlier. [Out of nowhere], I get a text message on the phone thanking me for subscribing [to a $4-a-month service]."

NEWS SOURCES:cnet.com, trustlook.com

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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