Android Malware

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Wed Aug 24 19:40:28 EDT 2011


I think you missed my point. I was saying that measuring an OS's popularity by how many people were trying to hack it was like unto my post. I was not talking about the Android OS itself, just how the allegory struck me. 

Bob


On Aug 24, 2011, at 1:49 PM, Roger Eller wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:31 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
> 
>> This just in! Bob gains in popularity as more and more people try to poke
>> him in the eye with a sharp stick! LOL
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>> On Aug 24, 2011, at 12:49 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> 
>>> Charles Szasz wrote:
>>> 
>>>> According to McAfee's Second Quarter report Android malware has
>> increased by 76%. The following was reported by AppleInsider...
>>> 
>>> As with nearly any issue, there are many ways to present the data. Here's
>> another view of the same report:
>>> 
>>>  Malware becomes the measure of success in smartphone market
>>> 
>>>  Android takes the lead with disappointingly small number of
>>>  threats, as iOS struggles with none
>>> 
>>> <
>> http://www.itworld.com/security/196625/malware-becomes-measure-success-smartphone-market
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> I started a reply to some of the details of the report and their
>> implications here, but rather than make another one of my TL/DRs I posted it
>> to the LiveCode Journal blog instead:
>>> 
>>> <http://livecodejournal.com/blog.irv?pid=1314196673.686612>
>>> 
>>> 
>>> The bottom line here is well summarized by the portion of the report you
>> had quoted:
>>> 
>>>  "This increase in threats to such a popular platform should
>>>   make us evaluate our behavior on mobile devices and the
>>>   security industry’s preparedness to combat this growth."
>>> 
>>> Note that the report suggests no distinction of specific devices or OSes
>> there, but more wisely notes that such considerations apply to all mobile
>> devices.
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Richard Gaskin
>>> Fourth World
>>> LiveCode training and consulting: http://www.fourthworld.com
>>> Webzine for LiveCode developers: http://www.LiveCodeJournal.com
>>> LiveCode Journal blog: http://LiveCodejournal.com/blog.irv
>> 
>> 
> I'm probably guilty of adding fuel to the fire on controversial topics, but
> if we all (self included) would do this one thing before posting, people
> would be less likely to react defensively.  Take your email into a text
> editor, and find/replace the name of the OS/computer/car/cheese you are
> speaking of with your very own chosen OS/computer/car/cheese, then read it
> as if someone else has written it.  If you offend yourself, then someone
> else who loves their #1 OS/computer/car/cheese will respond negatively to
> your post.  iOS is cool, and so is Android.  There are Android devices out
> there with build-quality equal to that of an iPad2.  Both platforms are
> vulnerable to attacks, and as Richard has noted, we the developers must use
> our best judgement in writing "safe" apps for any platform.
> 
> ~Roger
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