Apple isn’t used to lagging behind its competitors, but when it comes to defending against malware, the Cupertino-based company trails rival Microsoft by a decade, according to Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, a multi-national computer security firm.
Amid massive malware attacks that have infected millions of Macs, Kaspersky told Computer Business Review that the outbreak was inevitable for devices whose popularity has soared in recent years.
Just a question of time and market share. Cyber criminals have now recognized that Mac is an interesting area. Now we have more, it’s not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft’s world, Mac. It’s full of malware.
Kaspersky said the attacks highlight Macs’ vulnerability and place Apple squarely in Microsoft’s unenviable boat.
I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security. For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms
Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on. We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.
If Apple is to protect its users, Kaspersky said it must adopt Microsoft’s oft-maligned habit of issuing frequent updates.
They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software.
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