Saturday, May 16, 2009

Symantec Claims Mac OS Targeted by Malicious Spyware

Sometimes back in late 2007, Symantec, who made one of the most popular program suite Norton Utilities, came up with scary prediction for the Mac users, claiming that the Mac Operating System had been increasingly becoming a target for the certain malicious activities that, they thought were mostly associated with Microsoft. This prediction made by the “global leader in information security” moved the Internet mob across the globe, especially the niche Mac users. Although there's no record about it, but it is for sure that many Mac users have purchased Symantec anti spyware and virus resisting software. Symantec had a good business out of that! Now the question is how many Mac OS had been targeted during the tenure. No news of Mac Os targeted have been published across the net. Good news is that, Symantec admitted that the prediction made by them about increasing Mac-targeted spyware was not correct. That was like crying wolf by the “global leader in information security”, Symantec. Most importantly Symantec has not seen any news of new Mac-related threats these days.

This is definitely a safe time for the Mac users, but that doesn't mean that Mac is absolutely safe life time and free from spywares and viruses. While just notice OS X Software Updates, you can fnd that Apple releases new security updates every few months in order to facilitate the esteemed Mac users preventing their Mac from being targeted by malicious spyware and viruses. Although Mac OS has been designed, keeping the security issues in mind, so most vulnerabilities are really hard to be exploited. Exploiting the vulnerability requires "socially engineered user interaction”.

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