Mac Security Said to be ’10 Years Behind Microsoft’

Eugene Kaspersky is the chief executive for security firm Kaspersky Lab, and he says that Apple’s security measures on the Mac are “ten years behind Microsoft.” Kaspersky shared his remarks with the Computer Business Review just weeks after the Flashback malware emerged, reminding Mac users that their computers are not necessarily fully protected against malicious software.

“I think they are ten 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 says that there is an increasing amount of malware that is targeting Macs, noting that Apple will have to change the way it approaches its update cycle for patches. Nevertheless, he claims that PCs will still remain the main objective for these hackers and “cyber criminals,” as PC sales still dwarf the number of Macs sold.

“Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on,” he added. “We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.”

[CBR via CNET]

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