Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:35 UTC
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Google's Android head, Sundar Pichai, on security (original in French):

We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe, the format was designed to give more freedom. When people talk about 90% of malware for Android, they must of course take into account the fact that it is the most popular operating system in the world. If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.

Malware authors may be writing a lot of malware for Android, but they're not very good at it - less than 0.001% of all application installations on Android (in and outside of Google Play) penetrate Android's security.

In other words, this is a complete non-issue - no matter how often antivirus companies and certain bloggers drum it up.

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RE: Oh, here we go ...
by bert64 on Fri 28th Feb 2014 13:44 UTC in reply to "Oh, here we go ..."
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In the late 90s - early 2000s, windows accounted for a small percentage of websites and a much larger proportion of website defacements (see the attrition.org archives).

If you occupy a tiny niche you can usually avoid scrutiny, but if your anything other than an absolute bit player someone will be targeting you.

Also a distinction needs to be made between malware which targets the user (ie tricks the user into running it), malware which requires otherwise innocent user interaction (ie drive by browser attacks), and attacks which are entirely separate from the user (ie remote root). Server systems (unless grossly misused) are typically only susceptible to the last type of attack.

Edited 2014-02-28 13:49 UTC

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