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7/7/2015
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6 Emerging Android Threats

A peek at some of the Android vulnerabilities and malware that will be revealed at Black Hat USA next month.
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Researchers predict that 2 million new strains of Android malware will emerge this year alone, and that it is becoming more sophisticated and developed more for financially motivated attackers. Globally, Android phones have a far higher market share than other smartphone platforms (78 percent, versus 18.3 percent for iOS, according to IDC.)

So it's no surprise that Android vulnerabilities will be hot topics at the Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas next month.

Adrian Ludwig of Google will give the general rundown in the "Android Security State of the Union," but other researchers will dig into the details of some new Android threats. Here's a peek at six of them. 

 

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad ... View Full Bio
 

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7/9/2015 | 1:02:33 PM
Android vs. iPhone, Windows vs. Mac
This follows the same principle as malware created for Windows vs. Mac. Windows is a software and the hardware it sits on is made by many companys. Same with Android. Hardware made by Motorola, Samsung, etc. Due to this, there are many more instances of Android then competitors, making it have a larger surface area to penetrate.
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