Apple's Mac Ripe for Attack: Study

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Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

February 5, 2008

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Hackers are increasingly targeting Apple's Macintosh computer with the same financially motivated schemes as they do PCs, concludes a new security report from IT security and control firm Sophos.Contributing to their malicious efforts: the rising popularity in Apple-based peripherals, such as the iPhone and the iPod (both of which have been doubled in capacity, Apple announced today).

Interestingly, much of the Mac attack methods are a reincarnation of existing Windows viruses tweaked for the Mac platform, Dan De Bolt, director of antispyware research at CA, told MacNewsWorld.

"Although Macs have a long way to go in the popularity stakes before they overtake PCs, particularly in the workplace, their increased attractiveness to consumers has proven irresistible to some criminal cybergangs," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, in a statement.

Researchers detected the first financially driven Mac attack last November, when multiple versions of the malicious OSX/RSPlug Trojan horse appeared to be specifically designed to infect Mac computers for the purposes of phishing and identity theft, according to the Sophos report "Security Threat Report 2008."

Going forward, the report also cited mobile technologies, Wi-Fi-enabled devices and low-cost laptops are prime targets for hackers.MacNewsWorld, ChannelWeb

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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