Phil Schiller: when it comes to mobile malware, Android is the 99%

Phil Schiller: when it comes to mobile malware, Android is the 99%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.

Now he's returned to Twitter to share the Cisco 2014 Security Report, which reveals that 99% of all mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android devices.

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.

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sgl  Jan. 22, 2014 at 16:16

Millionaire and apple premier he may be but he’s very childish and defensive, this Phil person…trashing talking android before the galaxy s4 launch, calling instagram ghetto post android release, unfollowing one of the pioneers that was his comrade in arms who helped with the Apple renaissance, after he moved on to where he thought he would be better appreciated, and now this. Keeps the sites in the top google news results though ;-)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 22, 2014 at 17:24

Hahahahahahaha
Don't cry, sgl... it's only a billion dollar business. Who'd have thought there are tantrums and anger involved.
You know... somewhere in the world right now somebody is being murdered for being a union member; or for stealing confidential info.
This is the Mickey Mouse variation of the same theme.
And don't act as if Samsung hasn't sh*t under and on its carpet ;)

They are all the same. Lets not pretend there's a corporation that plays nice.

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 22, 2014 at 18:32

Hahahahahahaha
Don't cry, sgl... it's only a billion dollar business. Who'd have thought there are tantrums and anger involved.
You know... somewhere in the world right now somebody is being murdered for being a union member; or for stealing confidential info.
This is the Mickey Mouse variation of the same theme.
And don't act as if Samsung hasn't sh*t under and on its carpet ;)

They are all the same. Lets not pretend there's a corporation that plays nice.


Nicely put.

Isn't that in essence the difference between what we call 'ethical' and 'unethical' in the business world?

Ethical is on the carpet
Unethical is under the carpet

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 22, 2014 at 18:43

hahaha

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