“A new report by security specialists Sophos suggests that as many as one in five Macs now carry Windows malware, with one in thirty six Apple computers containing Mac-specific viruses and exploits, further worrying users as they come to terms with the fallout of the Flashback botnet,” Matt Brian reports for TNW.
“According to a recent snapshot taken from 100,000 Mac computers running Sophos’ free anti-virus software, over 20% of Macs ran a Windows-specific form of malware, but only 2.7% of machines contained Mac OS X malware,” Brian reports. “Of course, this raises the issue of anti-virus software on Mac computers, something that Apple device owners have not typically had to think about in the past. Windows malware may not be able to infect Mac computers, they can still be spread via USB sticks and removable storage, potentially infecting other computers in the process.”
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