Phil Schiller Warns of Android Malware: 'Be Safe Out There' [Chart]

Posted March 7, 2013 at 5:36pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7267 views

Apple SVP Phil Schiller tweeted a report today from F-Secure that warns of a sharp rise in malware for Android.

Be safe out there: ... 202012.pdf

Taking a look at the report we can see that Android is account for 96 of 100 threats reported in the last quarter.

Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter. A large portion of this number was contributed by PremiumSMS—a family of malware that generates profit through shady SMS-sending practices—which unleashed 21 new variants.

Examining other mobile operating systems, F-Secure found that the number of threats being reported is negligible.

As for the other platforms, i.e., Blackberry, iOS, Windows Mobile, they may see some
threats popping up once in a while. But most likely, the threats are intended for
multiple platforms similar to the case of FinSpy.

Check out the chart below...

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Omega - March 8, 2013 at 5:06pm
So Blackberry and Windows Mobile had the least new threats. Blackberry 10 is the way forward if you don't want an iOS device.
Dabears - March 7, 2013 at 6:36pm
Or really vulnerable OS platform
Sushil - March 7, 2013 at 5:55pm
They try to go after the popular platform android in mobile space and windows in pc space.
Digihead - March 7, 2013 at 6:37pm
No, they're going after crappy and vulnerable platforms, simple as that!
razzterror - March 7, 2013 at 8:18pm
If iOS is not vulnerable, how come every version has been jailbroken. Its just that people dont care about making malware for it.
vulnerable - March 7, 2013 at 10:38pm
While I think this chart and point is stupidly transparent the above statement is retarded. A jailbreak requires the device and hard connection. This chart talks about malware. There's a difference. Also, a jailbroken device is a variant of the product not intended by apple which is why they throw their disclaimers for jailbreaking. The chart is clearly meant for factory os not modified. Obviously anything modified can be more vulnerable.
Yash - March 8, 2013 at 5:11am
fool....nobody can make malware for iOS/OSX because it's UNIX base.....UNIX has a fixed set of rules and instructions which have to be followed, yet it's flexible. THIS IS NOT IN CASE OF YOUR CHEAP ANDROID. ACCEPT IT AND STFU.
odedo1 - March 9, 2013 at 4:44pm
you are all wrong, there are many spy programs that work on iOS devices just fine, all you have to do is install it on your phone then call the person you want to spy on, keep him on the line for 30 seconded and you got him, there are also spy programs that work with E-Mails or texts, when the receiver open the email once again you got him and you can see everything he does on his iPhone which don't have to be jail broken!!!
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