Users believe that cyber-criminals will now hack Macs

A web poll of more than 350 computer users has revealed that 93 per cent believe Apple Macintoshes will be increasingly targeted by cyber-criminals*

However, the poll, which took place following the discovery of the first financially-motivated malware for Mac OS X, also showed that 50 per cent do not believe the problem will be as great as that faced by Microsoft Windows users.

In a similar survey conducted two years ago, only 79 per cent of computer users believed that Macintosh computers would become more targeted by hackers, indicating that Apple Mac users are less optimistic about the likelihood of their computers being attacked in the future.

"Although we have seen the first attempts by criminal gangs to make money through Mac OS X malware, there is still only a tiny number of viruses and Trojan horses for Apple Macs when compared to Windows PCs," warns Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley. "Mac users now have the opportunity to prove they're smarter than their PC cousins by putting the proper defences in place and stopping the hackers."

For more information on the history and evolution of Macintosh malware and for advice on how IT administrators can better understand the problem and protect their system, Sophos has produced a podcast entitled 'Big Mac attack or super-sized hype?', available at www.sophos.com/security/podcasts

* Sophos web poll, 29 January-7 February 2008, registering 355 respondents.

Image: Mac users have the opportunity to prove they're smarter by putting the proper defences in place

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