Mac malware expanding: research

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Mobile malware also rising.

Research has predicted an uptick in the prevalence of Mac malware.

The recent detection of the Sabpub and Flashback malware, which exploited a Java vulnerability, proves that the OS was as secure as the software installed on it, the AlienVault State of the Threats Report said.

It reported that Mac users were at risk since the emergence of serious malware for OSX, with it using exploits in third-party software to infect compromised systems with trojans. It said this has resulted in Apple having to respond to the threat of malware on its systems.

The report also found that mobile malware is increasing exponentially, especially on the Android platform. Research by Websense of more than 200,000 Android apps found a noticeable quantity with malicious intent or permissions.

Websense Security Labs' 2012 Threat Report said that while exploit kits and advanced methods to attack Windows systems and the software that reside on this platform exist against the large surface area, new rogue anti-virus dropper files are surfacing for Mac OS as it continues to increase in popularity.

Also, as Android is an open OS where anyone can update an app with malicious intent and repost it in a few minutes, Websense said that the Android environment is rife with security concerns.

Research from mobile analysts Goode Intelligence found that 24 per cent of organisations have experienced a mobile malware infection, an increase from nine per cent in 2010, while only 18 per cent were protecting mobile devices with anti-malware solutions.

Alan Goode, author of the research, said: “The past three years have been extraordinary for mobile and there are no signs of this abating. Smartphones and tablet computers are having a transformational effect on the way that an organisation does business and manages information.

“There is a big question over whether information security professionals can keep up with the pace of change currently seen with smart mobile devices and can manage the risks associated with them.”

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


 
 
 
Top Stories
Change is the only constant at iiNet
iiNet's Matthew Toohey is trialling IBM's Watson - between preparing for an acquisition and making sure Netflix doesn't swamp the network.
 
Why straight-through processing is the holy grail for banks
Big benefits from stripping away human intervention and digitising processes.
 
CBA sued over frozen millions in IT bribery scandal
Eric Pulier's not-for profit lodges lawsuit in US.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
New features are coming to Outlook.com
May 27, 2015
Outlook.com, thanks to its predecessor Hotmail.com, is one of the world's major webmail services ...
Windows 10 to feature integrated apps for Android and iOS
May 27, 2015
Microsoft reveals multi-platform Cortana connectivity for Windows 10. What the heck is that, and ...
Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 22, 2015
Microsoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones. Pre-release versions of ...
Microsoft is working on an iOS email chat feature called Flow
May 22, 2015
Microsoft is working on a new chat app, but at the moment we know more about what we DON'T know, ...
Windows 10 free upgrade: Microsoft details who gets what
May 22, 2015
Microsoft was meant to be streamlining its OS with Windows 10, so why is upgrading so confusing? ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  44%
 
No
  56%
TOTAL VOTES: 666

Vote