Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Apr 2013 12:25 UTC
Apple "Last Friday, The Verge revealed the existence of a dead-simple URL-based hack that allowed anyone to reset your Apple ID password with just your email address and date of birth. Apple quickly shut down the site and closed the security hole before bringing it back online. The conventional wisdom is that this was a run-of-the-mill software security issue. [...] It isn't. It's a troubling symptom that suggests Apple's self-admittedly bumpy transition from a maker of beautiful devices to a fully-fledged cloud services provider still isn't going smoothly. Meanwhile, your Apple ID password has come a long way from the short string of characters you tap to update apps on your iPhone. It now offers access to Apple's entire ecosystem of devices, stores, software, and services."
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RE[5]: it happens to everyone
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: it happens to everyone"
Thom_Holwerda
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The quoted study is being misinterpreted all over the web in yet another shining example of modern journalists and bloggers not having a single f--king clue about statistics and numbers.

That "79%" sounds very scary indeed. However, all it means is that 79% of the encountered malware families occurred on Android. That's it. The report has NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING, to say about how many Android devices were actually infected by malware. Still, idiots present it as such, which is exactly what F-Secure - an antivirus peddler - knew it would do.

In simpler terms: saying that 79% of flu strains affect humans is completely irrelevant information when you want to know how many humans are affected by flu strains.

If, after all these years, someone still present numbers from antivirus peddlers as-is, you know said someone is either stupid, or has an agenda.

Edited 2013-04-02 11:50 UTC

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