Apple Inc. software has been the target of many attacks in recent times, and there are chances that it could face more hacking attempts in future as its devices reach more markets across the world, a cyber-security expert said on Monday. In an interview to CNBC ‘Closing Bell,’ Anthony Roman, CEO and founder of Roman and Associates, an investigation firm, said Apple has become “prolific,” making it an “incredible target.”
Rising cyber incidents against Apple
In recent weeks, Apple confirmed two incidents of a security breach. The most recent one was a malware attack that after downloading, sent users to unwanted ads. Palo Alto Networks, who helped Apple in locating the threat, said it could not determine the exact number of affected users, but noted that most of them were residing in China.
“This issue only impacts users on older versions of iOS who have also downloaded malware from un-trusted sources. We addressed this specific issue in iOS 8.4 and we have also blocked the identified apps that distribute this malware,” Apple said that time.
Apple Inc. iOS software is considered less vulnerable to threats and attacks than most platforms running on the PCs. Despite this, users are advised to take steps to lower risk no matter which OS they are using, Roman said, adding that the real problem is that people do “stupid things.”
The expert said that people often try to save time by making weak passwords or download questionable software. If they are aware of such risks, then they will be able to defend themselves from falling prey to the hackers.
Google has less control on Android
Generally, Apple Inc. iOS is considered more secure as Apple has complete control over the hardware and software. This helps Apple to notice the vulnerabilities and issue over-the-air patches quickly.
In comparison, Google has less control on Android as there a big number of smartphone makers using different versions of Android, says a report from Motley Fool. On the emergence of a bug, Google creates a patch and applies them to the Android open source project code, and then sends them out to the OEMs.
For applying the patch, an OEM is required to build a brand new version of Android for every single device. The OEM then needs to provide carrier-specific versions to every carrier worldwide. Due to such a lengthy process, at times OEMs or carriers do not bother to update their versions of Android at all.