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[7]: it happens to everyone
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 13:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: it happens to everyone"
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Antivirus companies have a product to sell. So, they make it appear as if Android - the most popular mobile platform by a huge and wide margin - is insecure. A few years ago, they tried the same tactic for iOS, and failed, Interestingly enough, Apple fanatics - rightfully so - attacked antivirus companies because of that. Now, you don't. Curious.

I have another explanation for there being more different variants of malware for Android: there are more versions and variants of Android, so malware needs to be adapted to each. End result: more malware families.

Until we actually see numbers about how many Android devices are infected, from an independent source, i'm not going to believe antivirus companies, who have a long history of lies, deceit, and other forms of despicable scummy behaviour.

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.

Your selective perception to solve your cognitive dissonance at work again, I see! Predictable.

Consider, for instance, my reporting on the Flashback trojan:

Just a single antivirus company making such claims is not something that piques my interest. Antivirus companies tend to be pretty sleazy, and they like nothing more than making a threat look bigger than it really is because, hey, what do you know, their antivirus product stops this particular super-dangerous cat-killing virustrojanmalwarething.


Now, we're looking at data from security firms, so I'm still a little bit sceptical. However, I'm risking the "You're anti-Apple!!1!!!"-crap because it's looking more and more like this is an actual serious issue. Do with it as you please.

Huh. It would appear you blocked this one out to solve your state of cognitive dissonance. I've got another one for you:

Headline: "Supposed Mac OS X Trojan Another Piece of Linkbait"

All in all, these stories are linkbait - plain and simple. Security companies are a lot like politicians - they spread fear (terrorism, computer viruses) because they've got something to sell (laws that further impede your rights so they can maintain their own power, security software). Like politicians, security companies are not tobe trusted, and are probably the worst scum in the software industry.

So, there you have it. The quoted claim from you is a lie. Will you apologise for spreading said lies? I highly doubt it.

Edited 2013-04-02 13:27 UTC

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Tony Swash Member since:

So, there you have it. The quoted claim from you is a lie. Will you apologise for spreading said lies? I highly doubt it.

What quoted claim??

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