Security expert Kaspersky says iOS and Android are the most vulnerable platforms

Security expert Kaspersky says iOS and Android are the most vulnerable platforms
The CEO of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky, said during a conference held in Australia that Windows Phone is a safer platform than iOS and Android. While he says that the most dangerous scenario is with the iPhone, it also is less probable because of the closed nature of iOS. "Criminals are obsessed with iOS and there are many, many vulnerabilities," noted the security expert. He notes that if the worst-case scenario happens and millions of iPhones are infected, there will be no third party antivirus fix available because such developers don't have the rights to create one.

Kaspersky says that while Android is as dangerous as iOS with "millions of brutal attacks," he says that Windows Phone is "so far very clean." He also explained that with 97% of mobile users doing some activity that revealed a password, like mobile banking, the sector has become the place for criminals to scour for vulnerabilities.


According to Kaspersky, there is an easy way to remove your mobile device as a target, regardless of the platform you use. "You know how to protect your computers and devices – disconnect them from the internet!" Interestingly, the security expert does not own a smartphone. Instead, he uses an old Sony Ericsson feature phone for mobile communications.

source: ITWire via WMPoweruser

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41 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

Is this not general knowledge...

10. Simona unregistered

I just checked there is no even ONE antivirus app for iphone ... I know why..

35. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

hey, you forgot abt the icloud account can be hacked ! haha

36. whoami_amiu

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

EXCUSE ME!!! AVIRA and MCaFee is readily available in IOS appstore. Check on your PC browser itself on itunes store

41. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I have not seen any "anti virus/ AV" word there. They aren't antiviruses but apps for locating your device and other features.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope its not. Apple purist say the iphone is impossible to infect with virus and have no vulnerability :)

15. Simona unregistered

yeah right .. full of C***P

20. Marienx

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

The freaking truth is that these same antivirus companies pay hackers to explode your OS's with viruses, or create they viruses themselves so you buy their programs. If not, explain how the f**k you get offered all these antivirus programs right after you have been infected?

23. waddup121 unregistered

very cool

2. HappySocks unregistered

Food expert McDonalds says Burger Kings food is bad

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

This would be valid if its would be google making this acusation toward Apple. What you say make no sense!

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Which OS again started all the virus, malware and spyware scanner software again? Please enlighten all of us here.

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Which OS erupted in quick succession that it caused attackers not to care about OS's that not many people use?

19. AlikMalix unregistered

No, Happysocks does have a point. I mean in order to sell your product you must influence the need for it. Google is one thing, but Apple isn't exposed the same way: number of outdated android versions multiplied by market share in undeceloped counties where cyber laws aren't enforced as much as they're in 1st world countries (where Apple and android are nearly 50/50 in market share). Basically his analogy should say: certain meat distributer says McDonald's and burger king food is bad and they should allow his meat in burgers instead.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would anyone target phones in underdeveloped countries? What are they going to steal? Your almost 50/50 stat is seriously off, too. Even in the US, Apple's home country where you can get an iPhone for $1 on contract, it's more like 54-44. In fact, for the 3 months ending in April (most recent Kandar numbers) it was 62-33 in the US, 54-35 UK, 68-18 France, 74-17 Germany, 69-16 Italy, 88-9 Spain, 74-24 China, 51-46 Japan, 54-37 Australia. That pretty much covers the first world.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks I might have had my stats confused with Apple vs Samsung. Good ppoint on the "attack on developing countries". But you've probably haven't visited India, Korea, Eastern Europe, South America - they're much more advanced than you think and many are living comfortable lives - it only takes small scams in bulk to gather quite a lot of info/resources or whatever it is a scammer/hacker is after.

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Why is that guy being mentioned everywhere ? How Kaspersky is different from other antivirus companies ? It eats alots of resources, has not the best detection rate and the name is not sympatic.

9. fernancgf

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

History... Karspersky has a history in security, have bigger historical databases that any other security service provider, the only old and big antivirus brands that I can remember are McAffee and Norton and they are far less popular... Think in Karspersky as Google and the others antivirus as Cyanogenmod... They can be good but stock android is stock android, and Google is the one that creates the developer kits, and the one that brings a new version of android every year, and the one that have a Market Place, and the one that develops Google Wear, and the one that have all the Google Services and Project Ara and Google VR and the list continues... The others can have some good tricks and be better in some things but Google have a far, far, far, better and stable pack...

4. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Peek a Boo! I see you. Welcome to the cyber world, Mr. and Ms.prospect!

5. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

O really? What a professional statement! I tought there where other popular platforms ...

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Awesome. I like secure things. But eventually, this will become a major problem for the other two.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

People will believe what they want to believe. Windows platform long virus history speak for themselves. Android with 80% market share is still more secure than a average Windows desktop. Reason being there no virus for Android that can destroy the whole computing device, just malware and spams. Windows have all three, virus, malware and spam. The next billons new internet user are spared of the anguish and pain of having destructive virus on their desktop. How I envy them??? I have to reinstall my windows desktop over and over again due bad partitions and virus. My result card for Google 80% right while Microsoft a flat line zero.

42. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Windows has existed for decades. The majority of business and government dealings are done on Windows machines, so they are an obvious target. Now we have a shift to mobile devices taking priority over the common laptop or desktop. The new frontier is upon us already. People will be hacking and infecting the largest marketshare leader, Android. That doesn't mean Android sucks, it just means they are going to take the place of Windows in terms of target priority as time goes on. It is par for the course. Android hasn't existed long enough for it to have a security report card against Windows PC OS. The most common reason for computer threats manifesting on a PC can be almost certainly blamed on the user. Ignorance is biggest problem. You need to be cautious and responsible as a Windows user. I purchased my own personal computer 11 years ago and to this day, I still haven't had a virus on it. I still own it and the only time I have ever had to do serious repair was when the hard drive failed.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This is what Linux fanboys don't get.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its funny that Linux is running the majority of the web, mainframes, super computers, and IoT devices, as well as SBC (small board computers). IoT is the next wave of computing, but it will be the dominant force for driving IoT. It currently is. Hey even Apple released their swift for OS/X, iOS, and Linux. Linux is Apples only way into IoT.

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm not sure who you're responding to, but if certain users wanna use Linux then good for them, as long as they use it appropriately, which most Linux users don't seem to be doing, nowadays.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Please do tell us how users should be using Linux. Enlighten us with your great knowledge of wisdom, or lack thereof. For instance Linux is your ONLY option for so many of the IoT devices or SBC's. Like I said above, Swift is Apples foray and the only option to break into IoT. The reason why it will always be like this is because both Apple and Microsoft cannot make their OS's support all the boards that are currently on the market. Microsoft foray into IoT only supports a few boards, and their OS requires boards with 1 GB of ram, and 8 GB of storage as a minimum. There is just too many boards (IoT), with different processors with limited ram, different sensors, or supported hardware. Linux is here to stay forever and will dominate IoT. Like or not. With IoT projected to generate $19 trillion dollars by the year 2022. If people don't get into or use Linux for IoT, then they will be DOA.

25. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I don't think you understand what he is trying to say.

33. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

XperiaFanZone, please share with us specifically which Linux distribution are you referring to. What kind of computing tasks are you doing on that linux system and the specific problem you have faced? Problem with a lot of people here talk out of their ass without actual experience. I want to learn therefore i always try them out myself before i comment otherwise i will just tell the true, i have no experience with it so no opinion.

29. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You forgot to say about the Windows too.....at least it's what the majority of people use.

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