Mac Users Not Invincible Against Malware
Mac users are not invincible against online attacks, and file sharing sites using the popular BitTorrent protocol have recently been found to harbor Mac-specific malware, according to researchers at the security company Sophos.
Sophos security analysts examined the nearly 50,000 pieces of malware detected by its free Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition software from Nov. 2 Nov. 16, and found several instances of malware built to specifically target Mac OS X.
Those Mac-specific Trojans "are typically disguised by hackers on BitTorrrent sites, or planted on websites as alluring downloads or plugins to view videos," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. BitTorrent is a widely-used protocol that enables the sharing of share large music and video files.
Although Mac users generally have an air of invincibility regarding malware, the security tide is shifting, and everyone is now seen as a potential target, said Cluley.
"We don't see as much Mac malware as Windows malware," said Cluley. "Not by a long shot. But that doesn't mean that Mac users can afford to have their heads in the sand about protecting their precious computers. And unfortunately, so long as Mac users don't properly defend themselves they will increasingly be perceived as a soft target by cybercriminals."