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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Phil Schiller Tweets Link to Another Security Report Criticizing Android




Last year, Apple executive Phil Schiller tweeted a link to a research report that noted significant growth in mobile malware, particularly on Android. The report found that Android accounted for 79 percent of mobile threats, with just 0.7 percent attacking iOS.

Today, Schiller followed up, tweeting a link to Cisco's 2014 Annual Security Report. The report, which came out late last week, notes that while overall vulnerabilities are highest since tracking began in 2000, 99 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices -- leaving iOS devices relatively unscathed thanks to Apple's controlling mobile ecosystem.

The report does note that many mobile users encounter phishing or other social engineering websites, something that Apple's security protocols won't necessarily protect users from.
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Not all mobile malware is designed to target specific devices, however. Many encounters involve phishing, likejacking, or other social engineering ruses, or forcible redirects to websites other than expected. An analysis of user agents by Cisco TRAC/SIO reveals that Android users, at 71 percent, have the highest encounter rates with all forms of web-delivered malware, followed by Apple iPhone users with 14 percent of all web malware encounters.
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Cisco 2014 Security Report http://t.co/rd6M6yUXnU - Philip Schiller (@pschiller) January 21, 2014
Other than that specific mention of social engineering -- and that spam messages mention Apple Gift Cards -- the Cisco report does not mention Apple or the Mac or iOS at all. The tweet is likely part of a larger push by Apple to share more favorable third-party reports about the company and its products.

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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:53 PM   #2
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We all know Android has security problems. That is just childish now.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:53 PM   #3
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What kind of malware is on an iPhone that isn't jailbroken?
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:55 PM   #5
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Security through obscurity! The only reason iOS isn't targeted is because it's such a small market share.

OH WAIT! That argument doesn't work any more for Apple devices.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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When you're cocky like that, you have way more pressure to not have security flaws yourself, otherwise everyone's going to mock the irony, like that Tim Cook "Double down on secrecy" thing, but even worse. I'm not sure it's worth taking the risk of this firing back.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:55 PM   #7
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We all know Android has security problems. That is just childish now.
Play to your strengths.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:55 PM   #8
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Since when do we compare operating system versus hardware? Android should be compare to iOS. iPhones, iPads and iPods should all be in the same category.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:56 PM   #9
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Sure, a little more customization would be nice, but I'm okay with not having to worry about malware and the like.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:56 PM   #10
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iPhone is second highest though.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 PM   #12
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Are we going to get an article every time Phil tweets something?
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Are we going to get an article every time Phil tweets something?
@PhilSchiller: "I just ate a donut"

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Old Jan 21, 2014, 01:00 PM   #14
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What kind of malware is on an iPhone that isn't jailbroken?
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So looking at this chart, we should all be using Windows CE devices....
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 01:00 PM   #16
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iPhone is second highest though.
Most used though.

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When you're cocky like that, you have way more pressure to not have security flaws yourself, otherwise everyone's going to mock the irony, like that Tim Cook "Double down on secrecy" thing, but even worse. I'm not sure it's worth taking the risk of this firing back.
i think its a statement of an overly cocky team that are flat footed

but most of all its embarrassing. whats the end goal here? are most of his followers perspective phone buyers in doubt?
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Oh but, "the walled garden is a horrible approach" "Android is sooo much better because it's open" "I just HAVE to jailbreak my device" "When will the next iOS 7 Jailbreak be available"

Blah, blah, blah.

Sometimes it's good to play along.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 01:01 PM   #19
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Since when do we compare operating system versus hardware? Android should be compare to iOS. iPhones, iPads and iPods should all be in the same category.
Looks like roughly 71% Android to 24% iOS? That's my estimate anyways based on the graph.
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Looks like roughly 71% Android to 24% iOS? That's my estimate anyways based on the graph.
Which coincidentally is very close to the worldwide market share of each OS.
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i think its a statement of an overly cocky team that are flat footed

but most of all its embarrassing. whats the end goal here? are most of his followers perspective phone buyers in doubt?
All he did was post the link to the report. What is wrong with that? He didn't even say anything about it. Maybe he thought the results of the report were bad. Just because you interpret cockiness doesn't mean that's what was intended (although it might have been).
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What kind of malware is on an iPhone that isn't jailbroken?
Pretty much "web malware" only, no actual "traditional" malware.

The report says Android attracts 99% of regular mobile malware, with the majority of the remaining percent being Java Trojans.

"Web malware", the kind the iPhone does get, includes phising, likejacking (liking things on Facebook without your consent), or unexpected redirects. So they revolve more around fooling the user rather than exploiting a technical security flaw in the mobile platform.
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Old Jan 21, 2014, 01:09 PM   #23
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Big win for Windows Phone.

Time to switch.
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Which coincidentally is very close to the worldwide market share of each OS.
Nope. That's including phishing attempts for each platform.

Actual Android malware targetting is 99%, as stated in a different part of the report:
http://obamapacman.com/2014/01/99-pe...geted-android/
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The OS itself is a malware. Or even a flashlight apps needs to access phonebook, messages, internet connection, photos, phone number, etc.
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