Apple VP of marketing Phil Schiller isn't the most subtle of chaps – just last week he hit the headlines for unfollowing former bud Tony Fadell on Twitter just days after he agreed to sell his company Nest Labs to Google.
That's a big number, and a big jump from a similar report from F-Secure in March last year (also linked to by Schiller on Twitter) that Android was targeted by 79% of all malware in 2012.
That doesn't mean only 1% of digital miscreants went after Apple and iOS, though, as many forms of malware (such as email phishing scams) are non-platform specific.
But the Cisco report did reveal that while at 71%, Android users had the highest “encounter rate” of all forms of online malware on their phones, just 14% of iPhone users had come across web-delivered malware.
So does that prove Android is less secure than iOS? No, not at all. Android is less secure than iOS, mind – it's more open and less regulated, making it an easy target.
But that's the secondary point here, because if Android only had 1% market share these figures would be very different.
This simply once again confirms what we've known about malware for more than a decade – that because such a small percentage of users actually fall for it, it's always aimed primarily at the platform with the highest number of potential targets.
That doesn't make it right, of course, and it doesn't cover Android in any glory at all. But given the nature of malware the report is more a confirmation of Android's huge popularity, rather than – as Schiller is alluding to – its inherent vulnerability.