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The 10 Biggest Android Security Threats In 2018

Malware going after Android phones continues to proliferate as users spend more time on their mobile devices while the corporate controls for smartphones lag behind laptops. Here's a look at ten of the most significant threats.

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Application-Based Threats

Attacks focused on chat or music-streaming applications are a clear example of how the threat landscape has shifted from desktops and laptops to mobile devices, according to Vijaya Kaza, chief development officer at San Francisco, Calif.-based Lookout.

Any app that has the capability to send links or URLs offers bad actors the opportunity to create a sophisticated social engineering attack via messages or links that convinces a user to give out their credentials to do something else that jeopardizes their security, Kaza said.

Additionally, Kaza said malware can be concealed within legitimate-looking applications. For instance, Kaza said some malware targeting Google app markets in the Middle East pretends to be part of a chat application but actually serves as surveillanceware once the application has been downloaded.

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