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[6]: it happens to everyone
by Tony Swash on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: it happens to everyone"
Tony Swash
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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.


Sounds a bit complacent to me. I wonder what your position would have been if it was reported that 79% of malware was found on iOS? Less complacent I suspect.

A report from www.mobilesandbox.org, a site that collects information about malware on Android found that out of the 300,000 new Android apps on Android stores in 2012 it found 43,000 malicious apps in 115 different malware families. Most of the fake apps were downloaded from Russian and Asian third-party app stores, but 13 malware families were also found on the official Google Play Store. It's possible to assume that very few people are downloading those apps and hence that the actual rate of malware infections is very low, but I would like to understand the reasons for assuming such a thing and the evidential basis supporting such reasoning.

According to a recent report from the security firm Kaspersky, 99 percent of all new malware attacked the Android platform last year. That was a continuation of the trend from 2011, which registered an explosive growth in Android malware.

During 2011, an average of 800 new types of malicious programs were discovered every month, and this figure rose in 2012 to a whopping 6,300 programs.

"Android is the world's most widely used smartphone operating system, so it is not surprising that it is also the hacker's favorite goal. But it has probably surprised many people, including myself, that it's as much as 99 percent", security expert Kevin Freij from MYMobileSecurity said.

Again one could assume that all those malware programs on Android are failing to actually infect any end user, even though the writers of Android malware seem to be increasing their efforts hence the explosive growth, but again I would like to understand the reasons for assuming such a thing and the evidential basis supporting such reasoning.

It's perfectly fine to argue that it is better for various reasons if one does not lock the door to ones house but it is mendacious to suggest that leaving ones door unlocked is as secure as locking it.

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