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  • Mac OS X, iOS at Increased Risk in 2011: Report


    Mac OS X will come under more frequent attack in 2011, according to a prominent security firm. In its 2011 Threat Predictions report, McAfee Labs says that newly popular platforms like Android, iOS and Mac OS X will be targeted by malicious code more than ever before.

    Though ardent Mac OS X supporters (aka fanbois) often tout the platform's history of fewer destructive viruses along with its UNIX roots as signs of its inherent superiority an the area of security, security researchers have found many vulnerabilities in the operating system. In May, the security firm Secunia put Apple at the top of its list of software developers with the most vulnerabilities, ahead of Oracle and Microsoft. And at this year's Pwn2Own, Charlie Miller, an analyst at Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, defeated the security on a MacBook Pro in seconds.

    Mac OS X's main protection has been its relative obscurity when compared to Windows. However, that may now be in jeopardy, ironically as a result of Apple's success with computers: from about 2% usage in 2000, Mac OS X has shot up to over 6% and is poised for further growth. "Historically, the Mac OS platform has remained relatively unscathed by malicious attackers," the McAfee report notes, but predicts that "Mac-targeted malware will continue to increase in sophistication in 2011."

    In addition, the report says, iOS will also be at greater risk in the year to come. "The popularity of iPads and iPhones in business environments, combined with the lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices," will increase the danger. Furthermore, McAfee Labs foresees that "Apple botnets and Trojans" will be "a common occurrence. "

    Source: Computerworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mac OS X, iOS at Increased Risk in 2011: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 103 Comments
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Jobs will get scared and switch to windows phone and win7
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Charlie Miller stated on twitter that while researching on antivirus software for macs recently, he could not fin one source justifying it's need that was not directly linked to an antivirus programming company.

      This article is absolutely worthless and the writer should have included rationale thought in it. Seems as though he was just pushing out articles as if to meet a quota today.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      MAC having no viruses is IMO some B.S. Lol. Really the only OS that can't get viruses is Linux. Security is so tight the virus actually asks you permission to infect your computer lol xD
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      MAC having no viruses is IMO some B.S. Lol. Really the only OS that can't get viruses is Linux. Security is so tight the virus actually asks you permission to infect your computer lol xD
      That's the definition of a Trojan, and OSX asks you for permission too, because they are both based on UNIX, unlike Windows where just the mere connection to the internet or plugging in a USB device can infect it.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      MAC having no viruses is IMO some B.S. Lol. Really the only OS that can't get viruses is Linux. Security is so tight the virus actually asks you permission to infect your computer lol xD
      I think Linux is secure from a combo of being open-source and having an even smaller user base than Mac.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Look at NSX's post above.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I actually wondered why Windows didn't do that! Someone should make a system tweak (if it's really that easy. Again, I'm no expert at coding).
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      As long as you have the best AntiVirus and Internet Security (Kaspersky or ESET) you're fine on windows. Avast and all doesn't cut it. Internet Explorer is a sponge for viruses too...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Team Infecti0n View Post
      As long as you have the best AntiVirus and Internet Security (Kaspersky or ESET) you're fine on windows. Avast and all doesn't cut it. Internet Explorer is a sponge for viruses too...
      Yup. I use an alternate browser set to remove all Internet files on exit. My anti-virus software (made by a respected professional company) doesn't find anything 95% of it's weekly scans. If it does it's tracking cookies or trojans. Nothing too serious. You'd think most Windows users would get a hang on something when they see all their pop-ups open in IE windows and their scans report all the viruses are in the temporary iNet files. I sure as hell did when I noticed that. I even cut off access to IE in the "Set System Access and Defaults" panel.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      ^^ Proud Google Chrome user here.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I just switched two days ago from FireFox. I love it. Let's get back on topic here though lol.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Well seeing an iOS attack will be interesting. They'll finally breach UNIX's security if they do IF it even happens at all. If it does there's room for improvement
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      IDK if iOS has that Unix feature though. 'Star' didn't ask permission. There had to be a patch for it to ask permission, remember?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      The security companies just want to get the new OSX user to jump on board their un-needed software at the moment.

      As someone stated before that OS9 and below had a good amount of viruses and even smaller user base than OSX. Don't think user base fully drive the virus tragets but it does make it more tempting.

      But some ISPs offer antivirus software for free for the mac if you are getting scared. Comcast offers Norton's for free to both Windows and Mac. Also there is ClamX AV that is free for OSX.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Hopefully Kaspersky makes it's way to Mac!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yea Norton's is one bloated beast on OSX. These big name anti-virus companies need to get to work on making their software more effiecent on OSX before trying to scare people. There are some OSX only AV companies that got it down.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      Norton uses up resources like a B. Kaspersky and ESET Smart Security/Nod32 are actually lightweight AVs and very efficient at the same time.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Yea Norton's is one bloated beast on OSX. These big name anti-virus companies need to get to work on making their software more effiecent on OSX before trying to scare people. There are some OSX only AV companies that got it down.
      Yeah, I think people who try to develop for multiple OS's fail miserably most the time. I don't know if you've ever tried, but you can FORGET updating an iDevice on Windows. If you don't get the error that cannot be fixed without a clean install of the OS, you get other minor errors two or three times before it works. Personally it only took me a mere two times to get the unfixable error, and my brother's machine can't even connect to iTunes servers at all. He uses a Nano, so it means no downloads for him. I'm not trying to troll Apple, it just must be really hard to develop for both OS's, especially if you make your own OS.
    1. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      ^^ I've updated, restored, and downgraded iPhones, Nanos and Shuffles on Windows with no problems what so ever...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Must not be on Win7 then! On Vista and XP it's a complete nightmare!