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(Maximum PC)   Android has more viruses than a Tijuana hooker   ( maximumpc.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Android, Kaspersky Labs, Canalys, virus, malware  
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3389 clicks; posted to Geek » on 31 Mar 2014 at 2:37 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-31 02:58:02 PM  
Sure it does.
 
2014-03-31 03:00:25 PM  
An immature OS with little to no security where users download apps like they were candy?  Say it isn't so!
 
2014-03-31 03:05:49 PM  
The article states that the virus's agenda is typically to steal banking information.... Makes sense that they target Android and Windows, as Apple users are predominantly dirty hippies.
 
2014-03-31 03:17:53 PM  

T.rex: The article states that the virus's agenda is typically to steal banking information.... Makes sense that they target Android and Windows, as Apple users are predominantly dirty hippies.


1/10 - Needs a lot more line before setting the hook.
 
2014-03-31 03:18:29 PM  
99% are from unregulated marketplaces in the middle east and asia, NOT the Google store.
 
2014-03-31 03:25:38 PM  
which is why sideloading questionable apps is stupid.

Or are they counting all the free-to-play games that won't let you progress w/o a "gem" infusion?
 
2014-03-31 03:28:46 PM  

NewWorldDan: An immature OS


The OS is mature.  Its the implementation that sucked.
 
2014-03-31 03:33:02 PM  

NewWorldDan: An immature OS with little to no security where users download apps like they were candy?  Say it isn't so!


1/10.
 
2014-03-31 03:37:24 PM  
So you are telling me I shouldn't torrent this android game and side load it to save 99cents?!  Screw that jazz I need to save some money.  This is about the same as back in the day when game/app piracy was on the rise.  Lots of people started doing it because they could but ended up getting tons of crap on their system which then people claimed Windows was just a virus safehaven when in fact it was just stupid users.
 
2014-03-31 03:43:16 PM  
"Kaspersky offers up a handful of tips, such as recommending against activating the "developer mode" on Android devices. The security outfit also warns against installing applications from third-party sources "

Wow how many retards do we have in the wild?  So there are 10 million applications how many people are infected?  I bet it's a very small amount.  Just because there is a lot of one thing doesn't mean it's widespread since I bet a good 95% (number from my ass) of apps come frome either Play or Amazon.

The virus really doesn't count if it's never installed.  It's just part of the number.
 
2014-03-31 04:16:46 PM  

gingerjet: NewWorldDan: An immature OS

The OS is mature.  Its the implementation that sucked.


Wasn't there as news article saying Android 4.4 / KitKat was more stable than all other mobile OSes?  Pretty sure it's mature.   lol
 
2014-03-31 05:06:57 PM  
Well if I was creating a virus I'd write it for the os that holds 80% of the market too
 
2014-03-31 05:27:03 PM  
So dont download every stupid app you see.

Cormee: Well if I was creating a virus I'd write it for the os that holds 80% of the market too


it's just like windows!
 
2014-03-31 05:39:00 PM  

neuroflare: So dont download every stupid app you see.

Cormee: Well if I was creating a virus I'd write it for the os that holds 80% of the market too

it's just like windows!


In terms of market share its the exact same, yes.
 
2014-03-31 05:55:43 PM  
It still gives me a happy ending so I'm OK with it.
 
2014-03-31 07:03:50 PM  

neuroflare: So dont download every stupid app you see.

Cormee: Well if I was creating a virus I'd write it for the os that holds 80% of the market too

it's just like windows!


I have to buy Apple or else people think I'm one of the poors.
 
2014-03-31 07:08:59 PM  
No, I'm not buying an iProduct. So the author can piss off.
 
2014-03-31 07:55:26 PM  

Old enough to know better: No, I'm not buying an iProduct. So the author can piss off.


You're an edgy sonofabiatch. Way to go nonconformist anticonsumerism with you equal market share competitor.

/has iphone
//thinks it's ok
///wants itunes to rot in farking hell
 
2014-03-31 08:10:51 PM  
Yeah, but the smugness if iOS is indellible
 
2014-03-31 08:52:08 PM  

neuroflare: So dont download every stupid app you see.

Cormee: Well if I was creating a virus I'd write it for the os that holds 80% of the market too

it's just like windows!


Only Unix based!  Just like.... OSX.


Seriously though I don't care how many viruses there are.  I bet slight updates make for a brand new virus anyhow.

Tell me how many actual successful INFECTIONS there are.

Nothing is bulletproof.  Android isn't either.  But Android isn't nearly as vulnerable as a certain crowd would like you to believe.

You think your iPhone is invulnerable?  Then how do people jailbreak iPhones?  Jailbreaking involves finding an exploit and using it to run unauthorized code - exactly what a virus does.  The only difference between a jailbreak and a virus is that the virus isn't doing something YOU WANTED it to do.  Those same exploits could be turned around and used to run malicious code.

Most viruses now are written not for fun or recognition, but for making illicit money.  They therefore follow the money - Android has a clear market advantage.  It just makes better fiscal sense to target Android instead.
 
2014-03-31 11:50:01 PM  

Arthen: 99% are from unregulated marketplaces in the middle east and asia, NOT the Google store.


The use of those unregulated marketplaces is by far the #2 reason to get Android.

/getting an Android device off contract for less than $10 is #1
 
2014-04-01 01:49:56 AM  
Remember how to Mac fanboys (ignoring the real non-user-intervention vulnerabilities that also existed), trojans didn't count at all because they required the user to install them? By their logic these don't count either.

Meanwhile, every single iOS device was a wide-open whore until the SSL hole was patched a few weeks ago. Nothing is completely secure.

What about Windows Phone though? Serious question.
 
2014-04-01 08:31:14 AM  
Personally I view this as a good thing. It's the same with Windows. You know you're using the right operating system when its riddled with viruses. Viruses can only flourish on open operating platforms. All I care about is being able to do what I want. I don't care if the system allows an fancy lad to download an apk file from a Russian website and install it. That is that fancy lads problem. Same for people who download attachments in emails from Russian brides. Or people who install software from Russian porn sites... in fact anything Russian. Everything Russian is bad.
 
2014-04-01 12:47:40 PM  

CheatCommando: T.rex: The article states that the virus's agenda is typically to steal banking information.... Makes sense that they target Android and Windows, as Apple users are predominantly dirty hippies.

9/10 you got me - Needs a lot more line before setting the hook.


Duly advised. I was in a rush that morning.
 
2014-04-01 04:00:04 PM  

Arthen: 99% are from unregulated marketplaces in the middle east and asia, NOT the Google store.


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