IPhone Malware: Kaspersky Expects Apple’s IOS To Be Under Attack By Next Year

Security company Kaspersky Lab expects the iPhone and iPad to be infected by malware within the next year.

While analyzing security vulnerabilities in Apple’s operating system for Macs, Kaspersky also noted potential instabilities in iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system.

As a security firm, it’s in Kaspersky’s interest to analyze and report on potential security threats, but to date instances of iPhone malware have been relatively rare. The few known cases have occurred within jail-broken phones. Android appears to be the platform to target; in 2011, instances of malware on the Android platform spiked 400 percent from the previous year.

Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky recently spoke out on Apple’s security in the wake of the Mac Flashback trojan, the virus that infected more than 600,000 Apple computers.

Kaspersky compared Apple to Microsoft, telling Computer Business Review: “I think they are 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security.”

Kaspersky also his company has seen an increase in malware directed at Macs and recommended Apple take a more dominant security stance against potential threats.

Kaspersky is not the only security company that has recognized the potential threat to Apple devices that run on iOS.

While the iPhone may not be as vulnerable to malware as the Android, with the rising number of smartphone users it won’t be long before hackers find away around Apple’s App Store review process.


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