IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Mac Malware Attacks Prompt Security Vendors to Rush Out Antivirus Tools
Security vendors are saying that attacks on the Mac are now significant enough that Apple users should invest in antivirus software for what was once the "invulnerable" platform. With Koobface variant Boonana fresh in people's minds, the concept of a virus attacking Macs seems less laughable than it did even two years ago. "Mac users must remember that less targeted is not the same as invulnerable," said Richard Wang, manager of SophosLabs. The threat is still not that prevalent, with only "one to two" attacks on Macs each week, compared with the "tens of thousands" per day against Windows PCs. Mac OS X has only 10.6 percent market share in the United States, according to IDC and Gartner, but the day hackers will find the platform worth targeting is not far off, vendors said. Mac antivirus software is not new, but it used to have a bad reputation for being resource-hungry and inconvenient. That's soon to change as vendors release new Mac antivirus tools that are quite unobtrusive. Here are some of them.