A web poll of more than 350 computer users*, conducted by Sophos
in the shadow of the discovery
of the first financially motivated malware for Mac OS X, has
revealed that 93% believe Apple Macintoshes will be targeted more
in future. However, half of those polled said they did not believe
the problem would be as great as that faced by users of Microsoft
The survey results, which are revealed in a Sophos podcast
"Big Mac attack or super-sized hype?", show that Apple Mac
users are becoming less optimistic about the likelihood of their
computers being attacked in future. A similar survey two years
ago, found only 79% believed that Macintosh computers would
become more commonly targeted by hackers.
The first financially motivated malware for
Macintoshes has been discovered. Do you think in the future Macs
will be targeted more often?
|Yes, but not as much
* Sophos web poll, 29 January-7 February 2008, 355
"Although we have seen the first attempts by criminal gangs to
make money through Mac OS X malware, the fact of that matter is
that there is only a tiny number of viruses and Trojan horses for
Apple Macs when compared to Windows PCs. It seems unlikely that the
Mac virus problem will ever be as big as the Windows one," said
senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Yes, the Macintosh
malware threat is a concern - but it's important to put it in
perspective. Sophos's podcast discusses the history and evolution
of Macintosh malware, helping IT administrators better understand
the problem and protect their systems."
Last month Sophos published
its annual Security Threat Report, which described how
financially motivated hackers had targeted Apple Mac computers with
malware for the first time.
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All Sophos podcasts are available for
download. Previous podcasts have covered topics such as the
of social networking sites, zero-day
testing, and rootkits.
Disclaimer: Please bear in mind that this poll is not
scientific and is provided for information purposes only. Sophos
makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than
that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.