Originally Posted by SolipsismX
The 1st one (although I actually think that happened much earlier) in late 2012 compared to a plethora of data stealing apps from Google Play nee Android Market from the start. That's the problem with trolls: no concept of gradation, it's either all or nothing. They are to excellent what Prosopagnosianists are to faces.
To be fair Soli there's much higher profile examples of "iOS malware" if you're applying the same definition some security companies use to both Android and iOS.
Millions of Apple users were infected with malware/spyware just a few months ago and most here are probably aware of it...
by using Path which was collecting their contact information without permission. It was hardly the only app to do so either with a list of several more published on various blog sites. That's considered malware and included in Android statistics about it when reported by anti-virus companies. Personally I'd suspect that apps that collect personal information without the permission of the user accounts for the majority of malware found. I don't see it reported as such when iOS malware statistics are published tho, and I don't know why.
Mobile Malware Defined
We classify an app as containing malware if it does one or more of the following:
• Sends your handset or personal information to someone else without your permission
• Spys on and records your activity (browsing history, messages, videos played)
• Sends premium rate SMS messages to sell ringtones, downloads, or subscription data services
• Commits click fraud
• Exploits a vulnerability or software bug on your device to cause it to do something you aren’t expecting
(often through downloading other malware)
• Roots your device to give an attacker control of it
• Installs a backdoor or turn your device into a bot client, often collecting personal information as a
• Installs a hacking tool that allows the attacker to control your device
• Downloads a secondary piece of malicious code from a website
• Is destructive to your device or its data
• Sends spam messages via SMS from your device
Before anyone jumps in to say I'm claiming iOS and Android are just as bad, I am not. I don't think I've seen any premium-SMS scams mentioned on iOS like there has been on Android, even thru the official Play Store! With less direct control exerted over the Android appstores they're certain to harbor more REAL malware, tho whether the average user would ever see it is highly unlikely outside of Russia and China.
Instead I'm highlighting what the security companies include in their malware statistics, at least when mentioning Android, and how it affects the perception of the two platforms. If it's not really legitimate to call an app like Path malware if it's in the App Store how does it suddenly morph into malware if it's on Google Play? The anti-virus companies appear to think it does.
Perhaps they should include another category, distributed by the security companies themselves: Scareware.
Edited by Gatorguy - 4/21/13 at 5:38am