Senior Vice President of Apple’s Worldwide Marketing division, Phil Schiller has recently posted a tweet to poke fun at iOS biggest competitor Android over the malware issues Google’s mobile OS has experienced recently.
With just three words - “Be safe out there”, Schiller linked to the Mobile Threat Report from Q4 2012 from F-Secure. The report discusses security issues in mobile software and specifies that Android accounted for 79% of 301 specific threats in 2012. According to the report, 96 new families of malware for Android surfaced in 2012 only. Here’s the extract from the report:
“Android malware has been strengthening its position in the mobile threat scene. Every quarter, malware authors bring forth new threat families and variants to lure more victims and to update on the existing ones. In the fourth quarter alone, 96 new families and variants of Android threats were discovered, which almost doubles the number recorded in the previous quarter. A large portion of this number was contributed by Premium SMS—a family of malware that generates profit through shady SMS-sending practices—which unleashed 21 new variants.”
As for the iOS, it accounted for just 0.7% of threats posed to mobile operating systems. With Apple, usually reserving to take shots at the competition for official events, this jab from Schiller is just a low-key simple linking to a third-party report on mobile security. So it seems Phil Schiller is just having some fun with the competition, and this is no official marketing push by Apple.