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  • Schiller Tweets about Cisco's Security Report which Criticizes Android's Malware Issue


    Apple executive Phil Schiller previously tweeted a link to research report that noted significant growth in mobile malware, particularly on Android. The report found that Android accounted for 79% of mobile threats with just 0.7% attacking iOS. Today, Schiller followed up by tweeting a link to Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report. The report, which was released last week notes that while overall vulnerabilities are highest since tracking began in 2009, 99% of all mobile malware targets Android devices, leaving iOS devices relatively unscathed thanks to Apple’s controlled mobile ecosystem.

    The report goes on to note that many mobile users encounter phishing or other social engineering websites, something that Apple’s security protocols won’t necessarily protect users from. The following was mentioned in the report:

    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.
    Aside from the specific mention of social engineering, the Cisco report doesn’t mention Apple’s iOS platform or the Mac platform at all. Schiller’s tweet is likely an effort that is a part of a larger push by Apple to share more favorable third-party reports about the company and its products.

    What do you think of the report’s results?

    Source: Cisco via Phil Schiller (Twitter)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Schiller Tweets about Cisco's Security Report which Criticizes Android's Malware Issue started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      understand this is why apple doesn't like jailbreaking. this is why they restrict you.if they get a bad malware rep, it comes off as bad company and bad products
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      understand this is why apple doesn't like jailbreaking. this is why they restrict you.if they get a bad malware rep, it comes off as bad company and bad products
      But android is still widely popular even with all the malware.
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      understand this is why apple doesn't like jailbreaking. this is why they restrict you.if they get a bad malware rep, it comes off as bad company and bad products
      And who says that jailbreaking causes malware? 😒 If you know what to install, you're good to go.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Al226 View Post
      And who says that jailbreaking causes malware? 😒 If you know what to install, you're good to go.
      Oh I agree but that doesn't stop anyone from doing something they shouldn't. It's common knowledge.
    1. Quade321's Avatar
      Quade321 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      understand this is why apple doesn't like jailbreaking. this is why they restrict you.if they get a bad malware rep, it comes off as bad company and bad products
      I can understand that, but I would just call it preventing stupid. Apparently users are too stupid to tell if an app is malicious or not, therefore it's the store's fault... I would rather have freedom in an operating system than child safety locks.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      I still don't think the general consumer is ready for open source phones. I agree with apple's stance on restrictions (even though more customizability would be nice). Still love to jailbreak but at least someone who knows how to jailbreak knows a wee bit more than the average consumer...

      Also lets not even get into the statistics of which phone is more popular. Malware hardly has to do with popularity of smartphones. I'm nearly certain most people who actually get malware on smartphones don't even know what that term means.
    1. Quade321's Avatar
      Quade321 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      I still don't think the general consumer is ready for open source phones. I agree with apple's stance on restrictions (even though more customizability would be nice). Still love to jailbreak but at least someone who knows how to jailbreak knows a wee bit more than the average consumer...

      Also lets not even get into the statistics of which phone is more popular. Malware hardly has to do with popularity of smartphones. I'm nearly certain most people who actually get malware on smartphones don't even know what that term means.
      Okay, good point. Google could still hold the Play Store on a tighter leash while retaining their whole open source model though. It's just like how they handle Nexus phones. There's no real lock on them, it's more like connecting a wire. You just tell your phone that you want its bootloader to be unlocked and boom. Open source really doesn't have anything to do with malware. (Linux? Anyone? No viruses on Linux? orlly? No one developed malware either? People use it just as well if not better than Windows???).

      Still, people handle computers (poorly) with the malware and viruses that exist on them (Windows). But that doesn't mean innovation should be stomped just because there are bad people in the world. Would you stop going outside just because you were afraid to get attacked? No, people realize that risk and they accept it and take precautions. Hiding problems won't make people learn. People can can realize issues in their world and they should. They won't be "ready" if you never show them the issue.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Quade321 View Post
      I can understand that, but I would just call it preventing stupid. Apparently users are too stupid to tell if an app is malicious or not, therefore it's the store's fault... I would rather have freedom in an operating system than child safety locks.
      The numbers say you're wrong.

      Not all users are created equal. Not all users are the 'rocket scientist' that you, apparently, are. Yes, sometimes a walled garden has its place. And in 'corporate land' they like that for their employees. Cisco has a large population of iOS device users. If you want to connect it to their internal networks, you get policies pushed to you that limit certain functions and you can't be jailbroke because they know that you can then install software that could circumvent the policies or compromise the integrity of the built-in security measures and allow external sources to circumvent the policies.

      Who wants to be the guy that is responsible for letting in the Trojan Horse and lose the city to the hordes?

      My retired mom wants to turn on her phone and know that if there's some problem she can go to the Apple store and they will make it all work. Without the walled garden, how much liability is Apple going to take? She already laments over the years all the nonsense she has to go through on her Windows-based computer (and yet she won't go Mac -- go figure) and she has said she's happy that she doesn't have to deal with all that on her phone (since "it's just like a little computer", as she once told me )
    1. Quade321's Avatar
      Quade321 -
      I guess opinions are opinions. I can see it from all points, but as I said in the post you probably missed while you were typing this, if you never show people the issue, they won't learn. Maybe this generation won't, but it has to be there for people to realize what it is.

      And I think consumers can handle it, both of my parents know nothing about computers except point and click. They're happy on Linux and use Android phones without any issue.

      Anyway. Arguing aside, that's why there are options. So long as both worlds can exist simultaneously, then everyone is allowed to be happy with what they're using. Sure, I said people have the capacity to learn, but it's not like they have to, or necessarily should use it.

      And, I'm not trying to step in and be like "Ahh, I was wrong, so I'm gonna post something that makes me sound right." Sometimes arguments in forums like this can get heated, and everyone (especially myself) needs to remember that opinions are just that. (Although it didn't feel like anyone who replied here was angry, just had a random thought to post this., since I'm trying to keep it in mind more.)
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Another reason why Apple has big contracts with schools and the government.
    1. zeppy's Avatar
      zeppy -
      Schiller is just a cheap-suit "shill" that looks and behaves like a 'prostitute' when it comes to whoring himself out to the media with his little twisted and biased "staged news releases".

      Schiller and the top management team at Apple that must go!

      The rest of the wonderful people who work for Apple that actually deserve all of the credit for all of the good that Apple brings to the world are the real heroes.

      .