Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

Summary: Anyone suffering Droidrage?

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Microsoft has kicked off a new social media marketing campaign - tell them your Android malware horror stories in exchange for a chance to win a free Windows Phone handset.

Note: Just to be clear, not everyone gets a handset, there are five up for grabs.

Ben Rudolph, Microsoft's Windows Phone "evangelist", kicked off the #droidrage campaign on Twitter:

It seems there are no shortage of people willing to share their #droidrage stories:

Others see it as a crass marketing campaign:

And some responses are so funny they deserve to win a phone:

Anyone suffering Droidrage?

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Topics: Malware, Microsoft, Mobility, Security, Windows

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  • Very innovative of MS

    Good job MS, I like it.
    toddybottom
    • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

      @toddybottom

      When your CRAP doesn't sell, give it away. Yeah, very innovative. Then again MS has never innovated.
      itguy10
    • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

      @toddybottom Sure let me trade in my malware free Android phone for a WP7 device that goes wonky when it receives an SMS message... not.
      athynz
      • You need to catch up on current events.

        It's Windows Phone 8.
        matthew_maurice
        • Why don't you read a bit more than be an idiot troll.

          The comment you replied upon was dated 13th December *2011*, Windows Phone 8 was released in mid 2012, I don't think I need to spell it out, do I?
          dounowhoiam
    • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

      @toddybottom "Linux has a ton of vulnerabilities as does OS X. They typically aren't exploited because, as you wrote, hackers don't attack 1% marketshare."
      Yep. leave it to you toddy-farty to hijack a thread about MS and turn it into an Apple-bashing thread! Your family must be proud!!
      Rapid Rec
  • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

    Yeah trade it for a phone with a SMS attack
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/windows-phone-hit-by-sms-vulnerability/17099
    mrlinux
    • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

      @mrlinux <br><br>That can't be right, hackers don't attack 1% marketshare.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        No one ever said they don't attack but there are usually less attacks. For the same reason the big national banks are usually spoofed for phishing attacks over a smaller local or regional bank.

        I am sorry these simple concepts escape you.
        bobiroc
      • You are right

        @Return_of_the_jedi
        And this one is not being exploited.

        Linux has a ton of vulnerabilities as does OS X. They typically aren't exploited because, as you wrote, hackers don't attack 1% marketshare.
        toddybottom
      • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

        @Return_of_the_jedi : Duh. Mr. biased one. Did it said that WinPhones were attacked? More like Microsoft is fixing a problem before something occurs - unlike Android phones where they wait for issues to happen or maybe pay hackers to find issues.
        Gisabun
    • All OSs have bugs

      @mrlinux
      That isn't the important news. Android has had its fair share of SMS related bugs too like for instance texting one person and having it sent to another and here is another which looks remarkably similar to the WP7 issue:
      http://www.ocert.org/advisories/ocert-2009-014.html

      Like Android's bugs that are fixed by Google, this flaw will be fixed by Microsoft and then another vulnerability will be found and then fixed. This is the cycle for every OS in existence.

      The difference is that Android's malware issues are not bugs, they are literally by design. There are advantages to Google's more open Android store so I'm not being unfair to Google here but there is 1 big disadvantage and that is malware. MS (and Apple) are only saying that if you are tired of that disadvantage, try out a different approach. If you aren't tired of it, you don't have any horror stories and you won't be interested in WP7. No problem.
      toddybottom
    • Difference from proof of concept and "in-the-wild" attacks.

      @mrlinux

      Google has had to remote delete millions of apps from users phones.

      This is a smart move my MS to bring visibility to their product. Attack an area where Android is very very very weak in. Laughably weak.
      Bruizer
    • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

      @mrlinux

      It's not an exploit or an attack.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

    Android horror stories? Anybody? Anybody? Hello? But we're giving Windows phones out free?!? Anyone? - *crickets chirping*
    Socratesfoot
    • Crickets chirping? Did you not read the article?

      @Socratesfoot
      "It seems there are no shortage of people willing to share their #droidrage stories:"

      That isn't the sound of crickets chirping, that is the sound of frustrated Android users who want WP7 phones.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

        @toddybottom

        Malware on Windows? Share you horror stories and get a free copy of Linux. www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
        Socratesfoot
      • RE: Microsoft offers Android malware victims free Windows Phone handsets

        @toddybottom Who wants Windows Phones? Hint: Less than 2% of the marketplace.

        I'd make up stories too for a free phone. Unfortunately, it's a garbage Windows Phone.

        People will do just about anything for FREE!
        itguy10
      • Socratestfoot: Glad to see you change your tune

        "Share you horror stories and get a free copy of Linux"

        Now that you've admitted there is interest in this, I'll respond with this from itguy above:
        "When your CRAP doesn't sell, give it away."

        Linux is CRAP.
        toddybottom
      • RE People will do just about anything for FREE!

        @itguy10

        Except Use Linux on their desktop of course
        bobiroc