Microsoft looking for Android malware horror stories

by: Gary SimsDecember 5, 2012

There is no point in trying to ignore it and hope it will go way, but Android does have a malware problem. Of course, Windows has a big malware problem too. So it is ironic that Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account has asked people to tweet about their Android malware horror stories. The tweet says “Do you have an Android malware horror story? Reply with #DroidRage with your best/worst story and we may have a get-well present for you.”

I’m not sure what Microsoft are trying to achieve by this, maybe they are saying that Windows Phone doesn’t have a malware problem and by highlighting the fact that Android is targeted by malware writers. But of course the question is why is Android targeted. The answer is the same for why Windows on the desktop is targeted – because it is popular! In other words the sole reason that Windows Phone isn’t attacked as much as Android is that Windows Phone is nowhere near as popular and hackers can’t be bothered to write malware for it.

All software systems have security vulnerabilities and there are already reports of the first Windows Phone 8 malware being written. But since less than 4% of the smartphones in the USA run Windows Phone, while over 1.3 million Android devices are activated daily with the world wide number of users exceeding 480 million, there is yet no money to be made in attacking Windows Phone.

Having said all that, Android users should be vigilant. Never install apps from odd third party sites, stick to places like Google Play or the Amazon appstore. It is also best to install anti-virus software, just like you would on Windows!

  • APai

    after a round “scroo-bing” around, now they are onto malware horror stories. hilariously, malware horror stories for windows have been the staple at every home to this very day!

    microsoft is pissing in the wind!

  • Eric

    Windows are acting so lame!

  • KaiserJay

    I’ve got a horror story for them.

    I remember this one time when the store, in which every app has to be manually vetted, allowed a fake Spotify app to be sold for $0.99, along side the official app which is free. And then, even after it was reported as a fake, it wasn’t taken down for a further 2 weeks! Thankfully, it didn’t contain malware.

    Oh wait, that wasn’t on the Google Play Store, that was on the Windows Phone Marketplace

    People in glass houses…

  • companyemails

    Here is my Android malware story: Nothing in the last 4 years.

    Here is my windows story: Ultimately dropped it as my primary platform because of all the malware and having to use mutiple anti-malware tools just to be able to function. My primary rig these days is a Mac (which is blissfully malware free) and Linux rigs. I still keep a windows rig around for the occasional thing that I have to do in windows. It rarely ever gets used.

    • MasterMuffin

      If you’re smart you’ll never get a virus/you can use your computer with only one light anti virus program. And macs do also have malware.

      • companyemails

        Dude, I’m not a noob – the exact opposite actually. No need to try and lecture anyone on malware protection. The fact is that on a windows rig, the type of protection scheme you institute depends largely on what you do with your computer and how comfortable and knowledgeable you are with the inner workings of your rig’s OS. In my case, that meant using several different pieces of anti malware software that did different things, in order to ensure that the rig ran as I configured it to run. As for Macs, save me the sanctimonious bullshit. Yes there is malware for macs, but it happens rarely and infection rates are extremely low (especially when compared to Windows). I still run an active malware scanner on my mac, but as you mentioned in your (erroneous) windows advice it is light and the computer is blissfully malware free. My linux rigs are also malware free even though there too is the even more remote possibility of malware affecting them (that plus fixing them in case I bugger something up is a breeze compared to Windows or macOS).

        • MasterMuffin

          Okay, calm down? How was my comment “erroneus”? I have used windows computers for 7 years (I used Linux before that) and I have never had any malware on my computer and I download and install some weird shit (:D).

  • philnolan3d

    My tweet: “I have never once seen for myself or heard of any friends getting malware on Android. #DroidRage”

  • Zero – Android Malware in 3 years

    Five – Cases of Internet Explorer being hijacked.

  • I find that kinda low on Microsoft’s side

    • Dan

      That’s the only side they know.

  • If 3rd party companies can create software that verifies Malware.. Why can’t Google/MS/Apple run them on the store before they are allowed to be posted. We put our trust in the stores. Shouldn’t they be held accountable for allowing the ‘crap’ on the ‘shelves’?

    • APai

      yes, that certainly is the idea and they have various methods in the vetting process. and remember it’s not only during original submission of the app – but every update to it that needs to be vetted/ monitored. anyone is susceptible to the kind of attack microsoft accuses others of and all of them including apple have had issues with malicious software. all of them have the kill-switch to limit the damage in case they find out about an app later in the day.

      but it’s a bit rich for microsoft to raise a stink about malware, when they have one of the worst record for the same.

  • flamencoguy

    they are just fishing for dirt. Any one can make up stories just to win some gadgets.

    Also very sleazy way to do business. Stooping pretty low

  • Guest

    MS becoming creepy soft just like apple became crapple :)

  • MS becoming creepysoft soft just like apple became crapple :)

  • Jim Gribbin

    The likely want to do something like their “Scroogled” campaign.