Android Has 47 Times More Malware Than iOS According to Apple CEO – IT News Africa


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CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has said that Android has significantly more malware than iOS and that “sideloading” smartphone apps is something “not in the best interest of users.”

Virtually speaking at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris, France, on June 16, Cook claims that Android carries “47 times more malware” than Apple’s OS because of the way that iOS has been designed. Namely, that there’s only one App Store and that all Apps loaded to the Store undergo a strict review process.

App Sideloading

Android-operating devices allow users to sideload apps, meaning that users can download apps directly from third parties or websites into their phones without having to go through the Google Play store. Obviously, unaware users can be caught off-guard by malware in sideloaded apps, especially if they are not completely certain about the origin of the apps in question.

Cook says that if Apple would allow sideloading as Google does with Android, “it would destroy the security and privacy of the iOS platform.”

Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook’s interview from VivaTech 2021 below:

Digital Markets Act (DMA)

The Digital Markets Act is a newly proposed European law that aims to prevent tech mega-companies from monopolising their position in the market. When asked for his thoughts on the proposed act, Cook signalled Apple’s opposition to it.

Cook claims that the act would force Apple to allow users to install software outside of the App Store, i.e. sideloading.

“As I look at the tech regulation that’s being discussed, I think there are good parts of it, and then I think there are parts of it that are not in the best interests of the user,” Cook says about the DMA, quoted by Gadgets 360.

Despite what Cook says, the DMA is squarely aimed at companies with massive consumer bases – all the big names in tech: Apple, Google, Amazon, etc. The act is trying to get the companies to open their platforms to competitors. For example, allowing Google-developed apps to be downloadable on the App Store.

DMA will also seek to build fairer business environments for enterprises…

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Tim Cook says Android has more malware than iOS, blames side-loading


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TL;DR

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook said side-loading iOS apps would “destroy the security” of iPhones.
  • The Apple CEO also claimed that Android has 47 times more malware than iOS.
  • We’re not so sure this figure is accurate though.

One of the best things about Android compared to iOS is the greater level of control users are given, with side-loading of apps being one of the biggest benefits. This means you can download apps from repositories other than the Play Store, and there are a variety of apps worth side-loading.

Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out against the practice of side-loading apps onto iPhones in an interview with Brut America (h/t: ZDNet).

“That [side-loading – ed] would destroy the security of the iPhone and a lot of the privacy initiatives that we built into the App Store, where we have privacy nutrition labels and app tracking transparency, where it forces people to get permission to track across apps,” Cook explained.

More reading: Seven things Android does better than iOS

“These things would not exist anymore except in people that stuck in our ecosystem, and so I worry deeply about privacy and security.”

Cook also claimed that Android has 47 times more malware than iOS. The Apple CEO didn’t cite a source for the claim, but a 2019 Nokia report found that Android was responsible for 47% of detected malware infections versus under 1% for iPhones. However, detected malware infections on Android fell to 26.6% according to the 2020 report, while iPhones rose to account for 1.7% of observed infections. So Cook’s quoted figure isn’t accurate if he indeed cited the old Nokia report. Nevertheless, what’s the reason for this apparent discrepancy?

“It’s because we’ve designed iOS in such a way that there’s one App Store and all the apps are reviewed prior to going on the store,” Cook elaborated. It also goes without saying that malicious actors tend to target the most popular platforms, with Android being the top smartphone platform globally.

Does the reasoning hold water?

There’s no doubt that the ability to side-load apps does come with a security risk and could theoretically contribute to more malware. But…

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Over 26 Million Logins for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Others Hacked from PCs Via Mystery Malware


As many as 26 million login IDs of users of Amazon, Apple, Facebook as have been stolen by hackers in the latest online security breach. Besides, browser cookies, autofill data, and payment information have been extracted by malware that has yet to be identified. Researchers at cybersecurity provider NordLocker have identified that at least 1.2 terabytes of personal details and information were stolen through a customized malware strain.

Moreover, the malware hack also saw payment details nabbed from 3.25 million computers that run Windows software. It remains unclear if any of that data was then used to scam or defraud its rightful owners.

Massive Hack

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Researchers at cybersecurity provider NordLocker have identified that at least 1.2 terabytes of personal details and information were stolen through a customized malware strain.
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According to a report released by NordLocker on Wednesday, an unidentified, Trojan-type malware stole the files that include 26 million login credentials between 2018 and 2020. Besides, the firm confirmed that the database contained 1.1 million unique email addresses, more than 2 billion browser cookies, and 6.6 million files.

In some cases, victims stored passwords in text files created with the Notepad application. The hack also saw victims’ webcams taken over by the malware, which then took screenshots as people used their computers to reveal personal information.

Other firms whose accounts were targeted are eBay, Instagram, Netflix, Paypal, Roblox, Steam, Twitter and Twitch. In most cases it saw victims computers’ infected by opening emails, or downloading bootleg software.

Besides, the malware also took a screenshot after it infected the computer and took a picture using the device’s webcam. Stolen data also came from apps for messaging, email, gaming, and file-sharing.

After being discovered, NordLocker analyzed the database in partnership with a data breach research company before taking steps to remove it from the internet. The screenshots that were taken by the malware revealed that it was spread through the sharing of “illegal software, windows cracking tools and pirated games”.

How It Happened

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The hack also saw victims’ webcams taken over by…

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Hackers steal 26m logins for Facebook, Amazon, Apple & other sites using virus that takes your pic if device has a cam


KEYBOARD crooks infiltrated over 3 million computers and snatched up 26 million coveted credentials and payment information for a wide array of accounts including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and others.

A total of 1.2-terabyte worth of hijacked personal data was pulled from 3.25 million companies that run Windows-based programs over a two-year timespan by mystery hackers using bespoke malware.

A nameless group of hackers managed to compromise 3 million computers with customized malware that snatched up 26 million users' login and payment information

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A nameless group of hackers managed to compromise 3 million computers with customized malware that snatched up 26 million users’ login and payment informationCredit: Alamy
The effort managed to take possession of a device's camera to take snapshots of a user's activities, including sign-in and payment information to big tech storefronts like Amazon

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The effort managed to take possession of a device’s camera to take snapshots of a user’s activities, including sign-in and payment information to big tech storefronts like AmazonCredit: AP
Passwords and payments credentials for Facebook as well as Netflix, Paypal, Twitch, Twitter, eBay and Instagram were some of the sites hackers were able to gained access to after compromising computers systems

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Passwords and payments credentials for Facebook as well as Netflix, Paypal, Twitch, Twitter, eBay and Instagram were some of the sites hackers were able to gained access to after compromising computers systemsCredit: Alamy

The sniper cyber hack was discovered by security outfit NordLocker and suggested the precious secrets were exposed when users opened Trojan horse style emails that activated the malware and snapped screenshots of the online activities and password logins and payment information to such mainstay sites such as Netflix, Paypal, Twitch, Twitter, eBay and Instagram among others. 

“The truth is, anyone can get their hands on custom malware. It’s cheap, customizable, and can be found all over the web,” the firm NordLocker explained following its posting on Wednesday. 

“Dark Web ads for these viruses uncover even more truth about this market. For instance, anyone can get their own custom and stealthy malware and even lessons on how to use the stolen data for as little as $100. 

“And custom does mean custom – advertisers promise that they can build a virus to attack virtually any app the buyer needs,” it explained in a statement published by Threatpost.

The hack carried on for two years between 2018 and 2020

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The hack carried on for two years between 2018 and 2020Credit: Getty

The 26 million logins – that involved social media accounts, online marketplace shopping, job searches, gaming, financial services, email – were purloined between 2018 and 2020. 

The method…

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Apple App Store has alarming number of scams, says new report


Apple’s App Store is rife with scam apps, says a new report.

“Of the highest 1,000 grossing apps on the App Store, nearly two percent are scams,” The Washington Post reported yesterday (June 6), based on analysis conducted by its reporters. “Those apps have bilked consumers out of an estimated $48 million during the time they’ve been on the App Store.”

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