Sophos: 150,000 Mac users made 50,000 malware reports

By Emil ยท 8 replies
Nov 24, 2010
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  1. Earlier this month, Sophos declared that Mac users should not ignore malware and released Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac for free. After a few weeks, the security company now has a little data to share.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    One less thing for mac users to brag about.
  3. Those are malware "seen" by Macs; not malware that have affected Macs. There is an important difference.

    There is plenty of malware out there. Of course, Macs can see it.

    The number 1 item on that list is malware that affects Microsoft's Media Player.
  4. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Read the article and you'll realize you're not completely right.
  5. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Malware targets everyone using a computer regardless of which OS is being used. Each of us is responsible for the security of our personal computers whether online or offline.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    A virus spreads the fastest through a population that has no immunity.

    If the Catholic Church can acknowledge that condoms should be used to halt the spread of AIDS, Steve Jobs can admit that there are Mac viruses out there.
  7. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    For those Mac trojans to work you actually have to put your administrator password for it to run.
  8. @marioestrada: Not to burst your bubble but plenty of malware can do at least 2 things to gain root privelges:

    1. exploit a running process that has root priveleges
    2. run at user-level and then use a local priviledge escalation hack to get root.

    this is the minimum. gg.
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    At 3.6 percent market share, Mac is not much of a target for malicious programming.

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