“Symantec’s claim that Apple’s OS X will soon attract more attention from hackers has been dismissed as nonsense, and worse,” Dan Ilett writes for ZDNet UK. “Symantec has sparked outrage by claiming on Monday that the operating system OS X was set to come under increased hacking and malware attacks. In its Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec said that Apple’s userbase was more likely to come under attack, citing Apple’s growing market share and the 37 vulnerabilities that were found in OS X last year — a trend it hinted would continue.”
“But ZDNet UK readers have rebutted Symantec’s claims in a series of angry responses, saying the security company was using marketing tactics of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to fuel its sales,” Ilett writes. “‘What a load of FUD,’ said one anonymous IT manager. ‘Anyone with the smallest sense of knowledge about any of these operating systems knows that the biggest issue with Windows security is the basic design flaws that it keeps dragging on from its past eras, to ensure compatibility.'”
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