Apple is at it again . . . or rather, not at it again. In the wake of the vulnerabilities uncovered via the Flashback Trojan, Eugene Kaspersky – of Kaspersky Anti-virus fame – had asked Apple to develop a security solution (a.k.a. an App) for iOS, Apples mobile operating system. If you didn’t already know, you have to develop and build an app & then ask Apple “pretty please” if you can put it in the App Store. Apple declined the offer. In essence, Apple puts its fingers in its ears and says “La la la la la – I can’t hear you” whenever the issue of security comes up.
While it is admittedly more complicated/difficult to infect a MAC, the fact that it has been done shows that it can be done and no one likes a challenge more than a hacker. Even as a “good guy” software developer, I relished proving that something could be done when “they” said that couldn’t. Indeed, those were amongst the happiest times in my career. Given that, you can imagine how hackers must feel about this challenge and they are, no doubt, queuing up for a crack at the big MAC. With the market share for iOS hovering around 30%, hackers are looking at iPhones & iPads as the next juicy target.
If Apple believes that its vetting process for apps before they are made available in the APP Store will save them, the company needs to think again. Websites tailored for access by mobile devices are the perfect virus and malware delivery system. Oftentimes, Apple will deny permission to develop software applications because it conflicts with some product that they are developing on their own. I – as an iPhone owner – certainly hope that this is the case.
The article that spawned this post is available for your reading pleasure at ZDNet’s Between the Lines blog.
For a slightly dated but nonetheless compelling rant about the sins of the Apple, have a look at ZDNet’s A Developer’s View blog.