News To Make You Feel Good About Using Ios... and avoiding Android nasties
Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:05 PM
Just got a press release from Trend Micro about a breakthrough in malware detection for Android devices.
Nothing about the equivalent for iOS. Know why?
We don't need it!
Full release reads:
Trend Micro Develops Advanced Cloud-Based Mobile App Scanning Technology with capacity to process 5,000+ Apps Daily
Trend Micros Mobile App Reputation is a technology industry first that can thoroughly and automatically analyze mobile apps for malware threats, privacy risk, and resource consumption impact; secures AppStore confidence
Trend Micro, a global cloud security leader, today announced a technology breakthrough for application users. Mobile App Reputation is the first technology in the industry that can automatically identify, analyze and rate mobile applications for issues that could include malware, potential theft of private data and system resource abuse including battery, memory, and bandwidth.
Similar to Google Bouncer Service which is focused on malware detection in Googles Android Market, Trend Micros Mobile App Reputation analyzes additional mobile app attributes and also works with 3rd party Android app stores. Additionally, Bouncer is analyzing for malicious code within apps, whereas Trend Micro is analyzing not only for malicious code but also privacy risks and system resource consumption.
Google Bouncer Service is a great first step toward getting additional security control over the Google App Store so we applaud Google. But we still need to see security measures for all the other Android App stores, commented Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro, in response to Googles recent announcement.
According to Research2Guidance, there were more than 500,000 applications published on the Android Market in September 2011 (1). Trend Micro threat research experts identified more than 1000 malicious Android apps in 2011 with that number growing at an astounding rate of 60% month over month. In 2012, Trend Micro threat researchers estimate the number of malicious Android apps will grow to more than 120,000.
In addition, according to Google, the Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads with a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month as of December 2011 (2). Clearly, this is a fast growing marketplace both for legitimate app developers and cybercriminals
We have been working in the mobile space for many years, so using our recognized expertise in cloud security to protect the mobile ecosystem is a logical progression. The flexible nature of this technology allows for many possibilities both now and in the future - potential 3rd party app market and product integrations are just some of the short- term initiatives we are working on, said Mr Genes.
We already provide our technology to 3rd party app stores who are looking for an automated procedure to vet the applications they want to distribute. Integration of mobile application reputation could help to protect their users, while also helping them to provide upfront information about potential security, privacy and resource impact of certain apps before they are downloaded.
Initially scanning Android and Symbian applications, the technology will continue to add scanning of additional platforms over time.
We currently track and monitor over 250,000 applications, and have the capacity to add another 5,000+ per day as new apps and app updates are released. Our intent is to be able to provide the largest and fastest source of critical information to secure and enhance the mobile ecosystem. Obviously other application platforms are important to this goal, added Mr. Genes.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:32 PM
...Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month."
Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:39 PM
There is no point in sticking knives in the back of someone who has already fallen on his sword!
Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:20 PM
Jamie.. It may be the 6th model, but it will be called the iPhone 5.
why will it be called iPhone 5?
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