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01-19-2012, 08:00 PM #1
Mac Attacks Elevate In 2011; Still Well Below Windows
According to a post by F-Secure Labs, the number of Mac-based security threads jumped in 2011 but still remain far below that of Windows PCs. A total of 58 unique variants were detected from April through December according to the Labs’ Threat Research Team.
Of the 57, nearly half (29 to be specific) were Trojan downloaders, which F-Secure defines as a type of Trojan horse program that secretly downloads a slew of malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executives them.
The company didn’t compare directly the 2011 results with the Mac’s 2010 threat numbers, or with Windows’ comparable numbers, except to show that there had been an increase in the number of threads for the Mac in 2011. The company didn’t reveal additional data either but their recent blog post did link to the full Excel file spreadsheet on the emerging Mac threats.
The second most common threat category, with 15 detected issues, were backdoors, or remote administration utilities that are designed to slip past security mechanisms to secretly control a program, computer, or even a network. Of the remaining detected viruses were seven Trojans were described by F-Secure to be non-replicating, deceptive programs that perform additional actions without the user’s knowledge or permission. The other seven were rogues or antivirus program software that uses false or deceptive tactics to pressure users into installing the code, which once loaded, would not work as claimed.
The research found by the company shows what appears to be a bit of a roller-coaster threat cycle for Macs last year. Threats continue to rise then fell, peaking in June and again in October.
Have any of you had any virus related issues with your Macs? Share any thoughts and/or experiences below!
01-19-2012, 08:05 PM #2
None, smart browsing or downloading on any OS lowers your risk drastically.
01-19-2012, 08:08 PM #3
What the hell happened in August? Cyber Criminal Strike?
01-19-2012, 08:18 PM #4
01-19-2012, 08:31 PM #5
Didn't say it took the risk away completly just lowers it drastically. Sometimes trusted sites get comprimised so you are never fully safe. I remember a very, very long time ago someone used a VB exploit here to attack you. But even then I got warnings that something was going on and I was actually able to track it down to a specific post and kept reporting them so the admins knew. (long before I was mod)
01-19-2012, 08:35 PM #6
01-19-2012, 08:41 PM #7
01-19-2012, 09:25 PM #8
01-19-2012, 09:25 PM #9Antivirus == for idiots
How not to get a virus:
-Don't use IE
-Keep Flash updated
Simple as that no matter what OS you're on. This is assuming your not retarded and download and open stuff that's obviously not legit. Antivirus is just an overpriced piece of crap that companies use to make money.
01-19-2012, 09:35 PM #10
01-19-2012, 10:17 PM #11
As mac users continue to increase I'm sure the viruses will increase as well.
01-19-2012, 10:21 PM #12
The amount of "unprotected" Macs should actually be a bigger target to grab than the market share because a large portion of Mac users don't run anything beyond Apple's standard protection.
01-19-2012, 11:17 PM #13
Lol "Mac attacks."
01-20-2012, 12:56 AM #14
None, I practice smart browsing I don't use antivirus since 1999, I've been fooled with adware or spyware but only like 2 times
01-20-2012, 09:53 AM #15
01-20-2012, 10:09 AM #16
Eh...windows had it first.
But since most non-tech Mac users claim they don't need anti-virus they are the most vulnerable.
And hackers want to affect the majority not the minority , although they don't mind attacking people who have money they can steal hence "the average Mac user"
01-20-2012, 01:07 PM #17
terrible graph. update the y-axis with what its depicting. Is this overall # of attacks or just ones that were tested by F-secure etc.? Is it millions of attacks? I have no idea what to think of this.
01-20-2012, 03:01 PM #18
01-20-2012, 10:52 PM #19
Well no sh*t it's well below Windows. The user base is exponentially higher. As market share continues to climb for OSX the amount of viruses will as well. Why attack such a small user base when you can attack something substantially higher? The whole point is to cause chaos anyway. There were a few reports last year that reported OSX to be the most vulnerable by far.
01-20-2012, 10:55 PM #20