Mac users warned of growing virus threat

Mac users warned of growing virus threat
Mac users warned of growing virus threat

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By John E Dunn 
21 October 10

Attacks on the Mac are now significant enough to warrant Apple users 
investing in an anti-virus product, security company Panda Security said 
as it launched a new product that offers such protection.

Marketing spin to harvest the Apple economy or justified caution? Panda 
points to the numbers. There are now 5,000 =E2=80=98strains=E2=80=99 of malware that 
target the Mac and the company says it is seeing 500 new Mac-specific 
samples appearing every month.

In 2009, 34 vulnerabilities were detected in Apple=E2=80=99s OS X, which had 
risen to 175 so far for 2010, with a 20-year total of 170,000 macros 
=E2=80=98viruses=E2=80=99 affecting the platform.

To be clear, such security threats relate only to Apple desktop and 
laptop computers and not iPads of iPhones, which are only vulnerable if 
they have been =E2=80=98jailbroken=E2=80=99 or if, somehow, a rogue app breaks through 
the approval process.


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