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Nov 14, 2007, 12:29 AM
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Link: iPhone virus or spyware "80-90% likely", says security expert (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071114012900)
Description:: It's only a matter of time before malicious software targets the iPhone, which could trigger a wave of mobile malware - with made-for-Mac viruses, spyware and more all soon to follow, according to security analyst F-Secure.

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JordanNZ
Nov 14, 2007, 12:49 AM
"However, Runald says it will be more challenging to right malware for the iPhone than a regular Mac desktop or laptop."

Ha.

yippy
Nov 14, 2007, 12:54 AM
80-90% likely, as opposed to Windows which is 100% likely that viruses will be written for it. That still means Apple stuff is more secure. Got to love those scare tactics.

shadowfax
Nov 14, 2007, 12:55 AM
75% of statistics are made up off the top of people's heads.

iPhil
Nov 14, 2007, 01:04 AM
Who's the analyst:

Security analyst F-Secure.


Oh yeah Fud-Secure .. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

IJ Reilly
Nov 14, 2007, 01:04 AM
And what does F-Secure Security Labs sell? Virus protection software.

I think it's 100% likely that they are trying to move more product.

solvs
Nov 14, 2007, 01:35 AM
"It's only a matter of time" before this "could" happen.

Well then it must be true. :rolleyes:

Silencio
Nov 14, 2007, 01:54 AM
It's "only a matter of time" before F-Secure padlocks the doors to their offices and gives pink-slips to all its highly-paid security "experts".

fimac
Nov 14, 2007, 02:01 AM
88.2% of Statistics are made up on the spot
--Vic Reeves


Of most concern, currently, is the fact that all iPhone processes run as root.

We can say with 100% certainty that Apple will fix this ;)

Eraserhead
Nov 14, 2007, 05:49 AM
I agree 80 or 90% likely, but only if software is distributed by anyone, if you have to download software though iTunes it'll be virtually impossible.

sss4r
Nov 14, 2007, 09:28 AM
80-90% chance this 'security expert' is seeking attention. as someone already pointed out, how does this compare to the 100% chance for windows?

oh, and there's a 50% chance of rain today.

SPUY767
Nov 14, 2007, 10:12 AM
Who's the analyst:

Security analyst F-Secure.


Oh yeah Fud-Secure .. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Yeah, I was going to mention that F-Secure is utterly notorious for spreading thick layers of FUD onto everything they print. I'd imagine that we'l start to see Mac and iPhone "security" software from them soon.

Passante
Nov 14, 2007, 02:19 PM
Of most concern, currently, is the fact that all iPhone processes run as root.

We can say with 100% certainty that Apple will fix this ;)

Some would disagree with this. You don't need root access to send email or dial the phone. Aren't these the activities you want to prevent maleware from doing?

Montserrat
Nov 14, 2007, 06:09 PM
you gotta remember that the jailbreakme hack was a remote attack that installed software onto the iPod and iPhone, so this is not a completely absurd claim. If apple do shift 10 million iPhones plus however many million iPod touches, then there's a reasonable chance of an exploit. It just depends what vector they choose to use and what they choose to do with it. As a previous poster pointed out, the chances are a lot lower if Apple do the quality control and only allow installation via iTunes, but malicious code on a web page or email is certainly possible. It certainly will be interesting to see how Apple respond if there is a major security issue...