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Microsoft: 3,200 Android users told virus tales for free WP7

updated 02:55 pm EST, Thu December 15, 2011

Microsoft claims big takeup of free Windows Phones

Microsoft's Bill Cox said Thursday that over 3,200 Android users had taken up company Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph's challenge to describe their virus "horror stories." As a challenge, Rudolph had offered a free Windows Phone to those who could recount the most convincing stories of Android malware instances. He didn't say how many of these would be getting devices.

The company is known to regularly seize on chances to give away Windows Phones to potentially influential users, and in this case was taking advantage of a seeming upswing in the occurrences of Android malware. Just this week, Google pulled a number of fraud apps from Android Market. While still far smaller than in the Windows world, Android malware has climed 472 percent and is an issue both on and off of Android Market.

How many of the 3,200 are sincere isn't certain: it's possible a portion are willing to invent stories for the sake of a free device.

No matter the accuracy, the timing of the offer is unfortunate for Microsoft, as it comes just on the heels of a messaging exploit that can crash the OS just by sending a specially-written message. Microsoft is aware of the flaw and plans a fix, but it leaves iOS as one of the few smartphone platforms without a known, in-the-wild security exploit.

By Electronista Staff


  1. mytdave

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

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    More than just a twinge of irony to have M$ poking fun at a virus riddled platform...

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    I'll make up a story.

    I'll just turn around and sell that WinPho on the Bay...

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008


    How stupid

    You can easily get stories of tens of millions windows sufferers about their Virus, Trojan, Malware, Rootkits..... So on and so on.

  1. garmonbosia

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    Re: I'll make up a story

    You stay classy dude.

  1. bdmarsh

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    Joined: Feb 2006


    no iOS exploit?

    If there is a current Jailbreak method, then there is an exploit possible, although it may require more work than just someone sending you a message...

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007


    I see a pattern here...

    The only turnout Microsoft can get at their stores is by offering free concert tickets. Hmm.

  1. JEB

    Junior Member

    Joined: May 2001


    Auction Block

    NEWS (con't) ... the article follow-up "and, strangely, for some reason over 3,000 WP7 phones just appeared out of nowhere on eBay."

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