Awhile back there was quite a bit of fuss over the Flashback trojan that reportedly infected hundreds of thousands of Mac computers. This was considered by many to be the wakeup call that Apple and their users needed in order to realize that the Mac OS platform was not as secure as they had thought. In any case tools and solutions for removing the Flashback trojan were released but is that enough? Are Mac users truly safe now? According to anti-virus software maker, Kaspersky, they are not. This statement was made in an interview given by Kaspersky’s CTO Nikolai Grebennikov to the folks over at Computing, where he also revealed that his company was invited by Apple to test its system and to improve their security.
“Mac OS is really vulnerable [...] and Apple recently invited us to improve its security. We’ve begun an analysis of its vulnerabilities, and the malware targeting it.”
Grebennikov went on to reveal that his company expects Apple’s mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad to start seeing malware infections in the near future. Will Kaspersky be successful in helping Apple flush out the vulnerabilities on their OS X platform? We guess we will have to wait and see but in the mean time, common sense would dictate that you should not visit or download from suspicious looking websites if you are hoping to keep your computer as free as possible from malware infections.
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