Originally Posted by piizzadude
So let me break this down.
In the first square, it states that Malware grew at a staggering rate. Well no shit. THe platform grew as well (and I mean mobile computing). THieves look for the best target or newest target so of course the amount of scum will grow.
next square. Really? we shouldnt click on links that we get from people we don't know? Hasnt this been going around for 20 years? If you are still dumb enough to do it, you deserve to lose 20$
next. yes, Android users are more susceptible to malware. First, there are more of them out there now. You always design your virus/phishing scam to cast the widest net. More chance for success. Also, Android is the easiest to get your teeth into from a virus writer point of view, mostly because of side loading.
next, wow, a billion devices? kinda surprises me.
Next, if you are dumb enough to go to anything other than the Google Play Store or Amazon, you are asking for it. Seriously. You get nothing for free. If you find another app on a different store for free you are going to either pay for it through ads (best case) or malware (worse case)
Your right sorta on this one. Older devices should get updated and from here on out I think they will. Hardware has sorta plateu'd so there are not any more of those huge jumps. Also, security patches should be put out for older versions if you are not going to update them to the latest full version. Even MS puts a few years worth of support in for older versions of windows.
OTH, the 4% figure is total BS. Jellybean is the latest version. Ice Cream Sandwich was the one before. Both are secure. JB had a 30 % install base in the report from june, ICS had a higher number but still in the 30's so for FFS lets say that they both have 30%, that gives you a 60% user base that is secure. A FAR FUCKING CRY from 4%. Even if you throw out ICS you are off by a shit ton of % points.
Lastly, the older OSs are dead as can be, they just havent fallen over yet. New apps are only being designed for ICS and up. People are coming to the end of the 2 year cycle and will be upgrading out of GB soon.
What a bunch of FUD that article is
There are two aspects of looking at malware. The number of attacks and the different TYPES of malware. Sure, if there is more devices to attack, when some malware gets released, it will affect more devices, but I think these reports are talking about the different TYPES of malware.
According to F-secure labs, here are THEIR numbers. Please don't shoot the messanger.
In Q1 2012 There were 47 Android based malware families and variants.
In Q2 2012 There were 46 Android based malware families and variants. So not much change from those two quarters.
in Q3 2012 There were 49 Android based malware families and variants. That's just a slight increase in the number of families and variants.
In Q4 2012 There were 96 Android based malware families and variants. That' s about a doubling of the different TYPES of malware.
In Q1 2013 There were 136 Android based malware families and variants. That' s another increase of about 40% increase over the previous year.
What you are discussing is how many units it is affecting.
Symbian is also seeing some malware as well, but they don't represent as many phones do they? It's not based on how many devices, it's based on how easy it is to create malware and how easy they are being distributed. Obviously, Apple iOS is created where certain types of malware is impossible to create. That was mentioned in one of the F-Secure reports. The other aspect is that Apple has their procedures to discourage and eliminate Malware based apps from their App Store, which is where most iPhone/iPad users get their apps from, so if Apple does a good job in preventing malicious apps from being distributed, then they just simply won't get posted and the malware developers are discouraged from creating them in the first place. Obviously, Google and others don't do a very good job in eliminating malware apps from being posted, and they may not take them down that quickly and the same goes for other Android based app stores. Who's fault is that? The Android App stores hosting sites and Google for creating an OS that is too susceptible to having malware created.
BOTTOM LINE. Android = more malware = BIG BAG OF HURT.
Edited by drblank - 6/29/13 at 10:01am