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Symantec: Malware for the Apple iPhone?

Eric Chien on the Symantec Security Response Weblog:

The lack of the ability to install just any software will greatly mitigate the risk of malicious code on Apple iPhones. Can malicious software exist? Will malicious software exist? Probably, but the amount of malicious software will definitely not be on the scale as it is today with Windows and likely not reach the levels of current malware for current mobile devices.

Why compare to Windows? Why not compare to the amount of malicious software plaguing Mac OS X? Start with the current level of malware on Mac OS X and then remove the ability for users to add third-party apps that haven’t been vetted by Apple.

Wednesday, 17 January 2007