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.
What do you think of the report’s results?
Source: Cisco via Phil Schiller (Twitter)