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Apple’s Phil Schiller has a dig at Android's security flaws

Tweets F-Secure report that highlights Android security worries
Fri Mar 08 2013, 11:39
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GADGET DESIGNER Apple's SVP of marketing Phil Schiller has taken a shot at Google's mobile operating system (OS) over Twitter, linking to F-Secure's recent mobile threat report that highlighted Android security vulnerabilities.

Schiller is noted for his taunts at competition, but he hardly uses the microblogging website, so when he does it seems to have an impact. The last activity on his Twitter account before this dig at Android was on 25 December, wishing everyone a happy Christmas.

F-Secure's report, released on Thursday, details findings about mobile security relating to Google's Android, Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating systems. The report said 301 new threat families and variants were detected in 2012.

However, it's no wonder then that Schiller was able to poke fun at Google's open source mobile OS. The report showed that Android had the most problems in terms of security vulnerabilities, with Android malware continuing to gain share and responsible for 79 percent of all mobile threats for the year, up from 66 percent in 2011.

F-Secure's report also found 96 new threat variants on Android in the fourth quarter last year, while none were found on iOS.

"21 of the 96 Android threat variants found were contributed by Premium SMS, a malware family that sends out messages to premium rate numbers," the report said. µ


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