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Macs Spreading Windows Viruses

Macs Spreading Windows Viruses

Mac’s now spreading windows viruses….

Apple Mac’s and viruses seem to be top of the tabloids of late, and this month is no exception. Just days after Apple issued a fix for the Flashback Trojan, reports have no surfaced warning users about the possible risk of Mac’s spreading Windows viruses.

Whilst this may pose no problem for those who only use Macs, the virus can use OS X as a host until it’s transferred to PC, where it beings unleashes malicious damage to Windows operating systems.

Since most Mac users seem to think they are immune to viruses, it’s easy for the virus to spread via flashdrives, external hard disks, website downloads and email attachments.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos anti-virus developers, said

“Cybercriminals view Macs as a soft target, because their owners don’t typically run anti-virus software and are thought to have a higher level of disposable income than the typical Windows user. Mac users must protect their computers now or risk making the malware problem on Macs as big as the problem on PCs.”

Clulye went to explain that while mac users are much less risk of encountering viruses, the recent outbreaks should encourage users to start using antivirus and malware removing software:

“Some Mac users may be relieved that they are seven times more likely to have Windows viruses, spyware and Trojans on their Macs than Mac OS X-specific malware, but Mac malware is being surprisingly commonly encountered. Mac users need a loud wake-up call about the growing malware problem.”

Sophos warn that fake anti-virus attacks, which worry users into purchasing fake software and obtain their credit card details, and the infamous Flashback Trojan are top of the list when it comes to OS X threats.

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  1. Matt Warman: Apple Macs spreading Windows malware. The Telegraph, 04/24/2012.
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