March 31, 2015
Kaspersky Lab experts have calculated the probabilities for a malicious program to enter a Mac OS X device. In August, the probability of an unwanted encounter with malware was approximately 3%. Compared to the 21% risk of infection faced by Windows users, the situation with Macs seems much more relaxed. However, if we translate this into the number of potential incidents, the problem no longer seems so trivial – according to data from Kaspersky Security Network, an active Internet user could encounter malware installing on a Mac OS X device at least 10 times a year.
- In the first 8 months of 2014, Kaspersky Lab recorded almost 1,000 unique attacks against Mac devices. These attacks are grouped into 25 main families.
- There is about a 3% chance that a Mac OS X computer will get infected.
- There are 1800 samples of malicious files for Mac OS X in the Kaspersky Lab collection.
The most prominent malware for Mac OS X from Kaspersky Lab’s collection includes the backdoor Callme, which makes it easy for cybercriminals to remotely access the system and, as an added function, steals the owner’s contacts – probably as a source for future victims. . Another backdoor, Laoshu, is signed with a trusted certificate from the developer – apparently the malware authors were preparing to distribute it via the AppStore. Laoshu’s job is to take screenshots every minute. A third prominent spy, Ventir, provides surreptitious remote control functions and can record keystrokes. The collection also includes a spy for iPhone, the first file encryptor for OS X, and the first malware to steal Bitcoins for OS X.
“In the last four years, the threat environment for Mac has changed significantly – from isolated cases to the worldwide epidemic caused by the Flashback worm, which infected 700,000 Mac devices worldwide in 2011. That was the beginning; after that we saw hundreds of new malware for Macs every year. On the other hand, Mac OS X was the center of attention for spy operations that made headlines such as The Mask / Careto and Icefog, ”said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab.
According to data from Kaspersky Lab, users in the United States and Germany faced the most attacks in the 2013-14 period with up to 66,000 detections in those countries. In Latin America, the countries that faced the most attacks were Brazil and Mexico, with more than 8,500 detections between them, followed by Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Argentina.
10 simple tips to increase the security of your Mac:1. Create a non-administrator account for activities of daily living.2. Use a web browser that contains a sandbox and has a strong history of timely remediation of security issues. 3. Uninstall the standalone Flash Player. 4. Uninstall Java from your machine 5. Please run “Software Update” and patch the machine timely when the updates are available.6. Use a password manager to help you deal with phishing attacks. 7. Disable IPv6, AirPort, and Bluetooth when not in use.8. Enable the full disk encryption feature. 9. Update Adobe Reader to the latest version 10. Install a good security solution.
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