Guess which mobile device is hacked the most

Apple’s iPhone line of smartphones remains loved by consumers. Unfortunately, they’re also popular among a less savory group, hackers. Business Insider just recently reported on a new study that found that the iPhone ranks as the most hacked mobile device. And most surprising? It’s not close – the iPhone is the most hacked by a lot.

Targeted iPhone

Business Insider reports on the recent study “25 Years of Vulnerabilities” by Web security firm SourceFire. The report tracks the number of Critical Vulnerabilities – also known as CREs – experienced by many different devices and software. When it came to mobile devices, Apple’s iPhone line had experienced far more hacks than does every other. The SourceFire report found 210 CVE reports on iPhone devices. By comparison, it found just 24 for Android devices.

Why?

What are the reasons behind this? Why have hackers had so much success with the iPhone while more or less ignoring other mobile devices? There isn’t any simple answer to this. But Business Insider wonders if the iPhone is perhaps targeted more often because of its popularity. In spite of everything, the device still maintains popular status in the tech world, and customers still flock to buy each new version of this device. Even so, this argument falls apart when examining the increasing popularity of Android-powered devices. According to the SourceFire report, the number of CVEs on Android devices actually dropped in 2012 when compared with 2011. And it was just last year when Android’s market share – and the number of Android devices acquired – soared.

Going after the king

In an interview with Web site ZDNet, the author of the SourceFire report speculated that hackers may target the iPhone because breaking into it is more challenging. Android devices feature an open platform. This means it is not too difficult for third-party and dangerous apps to be made accessible to consumers who download them themselves. That isn’t the case with Apple, which does not operated with an open platform.


Posted on: 05.15.13