Apple’s security ‘ten years’ behind Microsoft

Macworld Australia Staff
27 April, 2012
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The recent series of Flashback malware targeting Apple’s Mac computers is just the beginning, according to Kaspersky founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky.

Speaking with UK’s Computer Business Review, Kaspersky believes Apple is significantly behind Microsoft when it comes to security updates.

“I think they are 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR.

“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.”

Kaspersky was also critical of Apple’s handling and distribution of updates to counter the Flashback attacks.

“They will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago. 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,” Kaspersky said.

According to Apple’s quarterly results yesterday, in the first three months of 2012 Mac sales increased by seven percent compared to the same time last year. An announcement that Kaspersky concludes will attract more cyber criminals to Apple.

“Cyber criminals have now recognised that Mac is an interesting area,” Kaspersky said. “Now we have more, it’s not just Flashback or Flashfake. Welcome to Microsoft’s world, Mac. It’s full of malware.”



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