Is Apple’s iOS Open to Attacks?

appleWill Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone be the next major target of malicious hacker attacks? Although Apple’s mobile platform accounts for only 0.7 percent of all malware, it is surprisingly vulnerable to hacker attacks, reports internet security company F-Secure via Forbes. In contrast to Apple’s low malware percentage, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile platform is the target for 79 percent of existing mobile malware.

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Android is particularly vulnerable, since there is a large number of unregulated third-party apps which can easily be converted into malicious attacks. However, Apple’s numbers may soon climb in the coming years.

Due to Apple’s tight regulation of apps that are used with its mobile devices, hackers have been forced to probe the iOS operating system itself for vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, they have discovered a significant number of loopholes in iOS.

SourceFire (NASDAQ:FIRE), a cybersecurity company, examined Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures data and discovered that Apple’s iOS had over 200 documented vulnerabilities, reports ZDNet. This gives Apple’s smartphone “81 percent of the mobile phone vulnerability market share” reports Ellyne Phneah at ZDNet.