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  • Android Malware Increases 472% Since July, iOS Nearly Untouched

    Apple owners have long touted the OS X operating system as infinitely safer than Windows and it appears this safety has extended to iOS. A new report by the Juniper Global Threat Center (JGTC) claims Android malware has increased nearly five-fold since July while iOS remains relatively untouched.

    According to JGTC the amount of Android Malware increased by 472% from July to the middle of November of this year. Between the summer of 2009 and 2010 Android malware increased four-fold, but the Android malware increase since the middle of this summer seems plague like. September and August both saw about 10% increases, but both October and November have seen nearly 110% increases in the amount of Android malware.

    The reason behind the explosion of Android malware? The Android Market Place and Anroid's increase in market share. JGTC blamed the Market Place's lack of a review process, the ease with which an anonymous developer account can be made, and the small $25 fee required to begin posting apps as the main reasons behind the surge in malware.

    With no upfront review process, no one checking to see that your application does what it says, just the world’s largest majority of smartphone users skimming past your application’s description page with whatever description of the application the developer chooses to include. — JGTC
    Spyware made up nearly 55% of the malware samples and the remaining majority of malware attacks were SMS Trojans that secretly send text messages to premium numbers. Apple’s iOS platform has remained relatively untouched from such malware attacks. JGTC attributes this to the lengthy and usually successful app review process Apple utilizes.

    It appears Apple’s closed garden does have its advantages. Last summer McAfee found that Android had become the most targeted malware platform while iOS remained nearly untouched.

    The old lack of market share argument used to explain the lack of malware attacking OSX doesn’t apply to iOS. Apple’s mobile operating system commands a massive slice of the mobile computing pie and while there have been a number of critical exploits found, they usually are stomped out by Apple with iOS updates relatively quickly.

    And this might be iOS’s next best advantage over Android, Apple’s frequent and effortlessly distributed iOS updates. Being able to identify and stomp out exploits (good or bad, sigh) quickly and across all iOS devices makes the fragmented and haphazard update process of Android devices all that more obvious. I do wish iOS would be as “open” as Android, but maintained Apple’s approval process. But, I’ll take Apple’s walled garden and the Jailbreak community as a superior compromise.

    Source: Juniper Global Threat Center [via iPhoneHacks]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android Malware Increases 472% Since July, iOS Nearly Untouched started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jaswanthkoppu View Post
      hey apple is closed ..it has lot of restrictions ..when you do not jailbreak your device and stay with apple environment then there is no chance of affecting to malware...
      Except for the ones coming from Apple... i.e. iOS 5.0 the battery killer and lets not forget how bad Lion is, I refuse to "upgrade" office computers to Lion.

      Quote Originally Posted by NegativeBeef View Post
      Actually if iOS had 0 malware and it went up to 5, percentage wise it would be an infinite increase. Think about it...
      Sorry my bad, should have used 1 melware to 5 instead... I was not thinking clearly.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      What Mac viruses? There are some Trojans out there for Mac but no viruses that I'm aware of.
      A Trojan, to the laymen, is synonymous to virus. Sort of like the 4G debate. Is the battle really worth fighting when it's one of pure semantics?

      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      Apples ecosystem IS an antivirus thing by itself. Android has very little in terms of security.
      Please explain your reasoning.
    1. stryker_tc's Avatar
      stryker_tc -
      Another reason why every device I have is "i"
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      iOS = Safer shut up
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by duromega View Post
      iOS = Safer shut up
      I think you're right, but you must add "... Because the average joe is an idiot that doesn't know how to distinguish safe applications from unsafe ones. "
    1. ShadeZeRO's Avatar
      ShadeZeRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      iOS wins again
      Again, fanboyism at its finest.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShadeZeRO View Post
      Again, fanboyism at its finest.
      No, not fanboyism. This is a fact, IOS is safer, right now than android is. Fanboyism would be saying your android is safer when it obviously isn't. I have nothing at all against android, but because of Apple's paranoia about apps, the IOS world is safer.

      Life is about trade offs. If you want more freedom expect more risks, the more freedom you give up the safer you will be.
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      People always blame lack of market share for lack of viruses. However, OSX and iOS have seen a huge boost in market share and they are STILL largely untouched by viruses and malware. (i.e. a terrible virus comes out for OSX that you have to manually install) When will people get that it's not popularity as much as open sources fault?
      Uh not True

      Apple Mac users facing increased threat from viruses and malware | Metro.co.uk

      Mac malware alert: Apple devices 'easier to infect than Windows'?

      An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is "getting worse" | ZDNet

      Three such articles from 2011 ( many more) , Yes Virginia there are MAC Viruses

      My wife had an Android captivate for a Year...........0 Viruses
      I have 6 windows 7 PC's in the family....................0 Viruses

      Why? Because its more hype then real, and the ones getting the malware
      are Downloading crap off the internet
      Going to sites that they are warned not to but do anyway
      Open Spam messages that have the worms in them

      Guess my family is well educated about such things

      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      What Mac viruses? There are some Trojans out there for Mac but no viruses that I'm aware of.
      A lot of Apple news sites are one sided fan sites thats why you have not heard or read