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> Chris Ahlstrom wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Android scare: percentages do not tell the real tale
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| In its eagerness to put a computer running its software on every desk,
>>>| Microsoft has spawned a number of ancillary industries, the most
>>>| pernicious of which is the anti-virus group. McAfee is a major force in
>>>| this industry.
>> They're showing Kaspersky ads on teevee over here (US). All-in-one
>> protection for desktop, tablet, and mobile. Sheesh.
>> McAfee issued a press release last week that, in its very first
>> paragraph, said Android malware was up by 37 percent. Looks
>> impressive until you ask McAfee for the actual numbers. Michael
>> Sentonas, chief technical officer for Australia and New Zealand, said
>> they were unable to provide numbers - I wonder why - and then
>> referred me to a graph in the 21-page report (PDF) that accompanied
>> the press release.
>> According to said graph, there were 60 samples of unique Android
>> malware collected in the second quarter. That number grew to 82 in
>> the third quarter. There you have the 37 percent growth. Sounds like
>> a declamation from a prophet of doom when you use the percentage
>> instead of the actual numbers.
>> The word Windows was mentioned once in that 21-page report. Once. And
>> yet on probing, Sentonas admitted that of the 75 million unique
>> malware samples McAfee expected to collect in 2011, more than 95 per
>> cent would attack only one platform. No prizes for guessing the
>> platform in question.
>> We need to do something about the Windows Malware Monopoly :-D
> About a year ago, from 02/Nov/2010 to 16/Nov/2010, Sophos' free Mac anti-
> virus product found almost 50000 malware samples in around 150000 active Mac
> OS X users/systems (see quote and link below). The number of Android malware
> samples found barely register in comparison.
> Free anti-virus for Mac - 150,000 active users and plenty of malware found
> by Graham Cluley on November 18, 2010 | 30 Comments
> Filed Under: Apple, Malware
> We currently have a stonking 150,000 active users of our free Mac anti-virus
> product, downloading updates from our servers.
> Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition was launched on November 2nd, and
> proved instantly popular. At its peak we were seeing one download almost
> every second (to be precise, 3032 an hour at the craziest point!). It's also
> made the list of top products downloaded on the Apple site, and is listed as
> the most popular download in their Networking & Security section.
> What we've also been trying to determine, is a list of the most commonly
> encountered malware that these Mac users are seeing:
> [bar graph]
> The above top 20 chart shows the percentage of malware reports by users of
> our Mac product. [Update: Some folks have asked how many malware reports
> this chart is based upon. We counted just under 50,000 malware reports from
> the Mac users during the time period]
> Curiously, the top malware found in Mac OSX was a particular Windows
> malware. Still the majority of malware found was Mac OS X malware.
Windows have viruses (i.e. that spread without intervention from the users),
malware is a different thing altogether. Windows propagates insecurity.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz, Research Fellow
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