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Apple Malware – a quick look at the dark side


There’s been a bit of malware talk of late here on the Ferret, and unsurprisingly it’s been pretty much a Windows-only affair. We’re all about equality around here so here’s a quick little rundown on the state of malware for the OS X platform.

There aren’t a lot viruses out there yet and there’s nothing particularly alarming in the list but as Apple continues to increase in market share it’s going to be increasingly attractive for malware writers to target the platform, especially if a generation of Mac users believes themselves immune. Most of the stories are from this year:

Story suggested by reader/commenter Dano, photo from Flickr.

Tags: apple+malware, apple+viruses

Dan Ferris is the Red Ferret’s Oceanic correspondent and Associate Editor based in Sydney, Australia. Despite not knowing Russell Crowe or Nicole Kidman, Dan has risen above adversity and now scours the world for interesting tidbits to write about. He spends far too much time photographing stuff and tinkering with computers.

Dan – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

1 Comment

  • "Apple continues to increase in market share."

    Yeah, 30 million happy virus free Mac users, and counting. As has been said many times before. The first hacker/moron, to introduce a virus which can live in the wild on MacOSX, will be world famous overnight.
    Snow Leopard, available today. Windows 7/Vista service pack – later.

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