Phil Schiller Tweets Link to Mobile Malware Report That Slams Android

Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, doesn't post to his Twitter account very often. Mostly he has written innocuous messages wishing followers "Happy Christmas" or cheering on the world champion San Francisco Giants.

Today, Phil tweeted a link to a 'Mobile Threat Report' from research company F-Secure. Most of the report highlights security and malware vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, while mentioning only a couple of iOS issues. He warns followers to "be safe out there".

Among other things, the report [PDF] shows the growth in mobile threats, particularly on the Android operating system. Android accounted for 79 percent of the 301 mobile threats in 2012, while just 0.7 percent of threats attacked iOS.

The tweet is a bit out of character for Apple, which usually prefers a quiet public face on issues like this. This could be part of a push by Apple Public Relations to share more favorable third-party reports about the company in an effort to drive the conversation in a favorable direction.

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88 months ago
As I have been saying all along Android blows iOS away
this is just another example. Look how much more malware you get
and its free. I just put my iPhone up for sale today. Good news since the resale value of the iPhone blows away Samsung phones I should be able to buy 3 or 4 with the money from my iPhone.
Also since the battery on the galaxy 3 last a good hour or two unless you shut off every feature of the phone. I can buy three of them that should last me a whole day

Just saying
Rating: 78 Votes
88 months ago

sounds like an invitation to develop malware to attack iOS.

I'm sure they've tried.
Rating: 48 Votes
88 months ago
Apple needs to make some Hello I'm Android and I'm iOS commercials :)
Rating: 41 Votes
88 months ago
Does your phone offer you 79% of all malware attacks?

Droid does...
Rating: 38 Votes
88 months ago
I still don't understand how they could make Android from Linux and mess it up so badly as far as security is concerned.
Rating: 37 Votes
88 months ago
Android is dominating alright!
Rating: 33 Votes
88 months ago
You wanted an open platform, you got it.
Rating: 31 Votes
88 months ago
It's like Windows vs Mac all over again!
Rating: 16 Votes
88 months ago
According to this graph, I should buy a BlackBerry. :D
Rating: 16 Votes
88 months ago
The year of Android malware. Oh wait that's every year... especially when most Android devices are closed to latest security updates.
Rating: 15 Votes

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