“The prevailing belief among Mac users that their systems are more or less impervious to hack attacks might be incorrect, according to a report released late last week by security firm McAfee… McAfee’s report follows on the heels of a study by the SANS Institute that placed Mac OS X at the top of its list of potential security vulnerabilities,” Walaika K. Haskins reports for Newsfactor. “However, while many in the security industry have jumped on the ‘Mac is not secure’ bandwagon, several experts have taken issue with the way the Mac is being positioned as a potentially insecure system.”
“Andrew Jaquith, an analyst at the Yankee Group, is one such expert. He called the McAfee report ‘sloppily written and sloppy in its use of statistics.’ It is, he said, ‘a speculative house of cards resting on a foundation of shaky statistics and questionable assumptions.’ As one example, said Jaquith, McAfee has confused software flaws with attacks. In the report, Jaquith said, the company cites vulnerability figures from Secunia, a security software firm, as ‘attacks,’ even though Secunia itself identifies them as ‘vulnerabilities,'” Haskins reports. “Software flaws are not the same as attacks against the end user, Jaquith pointed out. ‘Saying otherwise is scaremongering, pure and simple,’ Jaquith said. ‘And, in fact, they don’t document a single confirmed attack.’ Jaquith did say that the Mac, like any other system, is not impenetrable. He also pointed out that Apple, for its part, has never claimed that Mac OS X is bulletproof.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “matt” for the heads up.]
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