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2/16/2015
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Android To Become 'Workhorse' Of Cybercrime

Android and Windows laptops dead even in infection rates for the year 2014.

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PARIS — As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent's security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).

Such malware is used by "cybercriminals for corporate and personal espionage, information theft, denial of service attacks on business and governments and banking and advertising scams," the report warned.

Some of the key facts revealed in the report -- released two weeks in advance of the Mobile World Congress 2015 -- could dampen the mobile industry's renewed enthusiasm for mobile payment systems such as Google Wallet and Apple Pay. [...]

According to the report, in the mobile networks, "Android devices have now caught up to Windows laptops as the primary workhorse of cybercrime." The infection rates between Android and Windows devices now split 50/50 in 2014, said the report.

Read the full story on EE Times.

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Former beat reporter, bureau chief, and editor in chief of EE Times, Junko Yoshida now spends a lot of her time covering the global electronics industry with a particular focus on China. Her beat has always been emerging technologies and business models that enable a new ... View Full Bio
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2/17/2015 | 8:12:49 PM
Why Apple?
The information is about Android and Windows. In fact, these security companies say that 98% of all mobile malware is on Android. So, why is Apple Pay mentioned here? Why do writers feel as though they need to bring Apple into the discussion? And who says that people don't trust Apple Pay? The U.S. government does.
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