Kaspersky CEO says Apple 10 years behind Microsoft on security

By on April 26, 2012
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Flashback is just the beginning wave of malware on Macs.

In a recent interview during the Info Security 2012 event, the CEO of Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky talked about Apple’s current state of security, or lack thereof.

I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR. “For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.

Kaspersky’s statement comes at the heels of the Flashback malware that infected up to 600,000 Macs worldwide. And Apple wasn’t exactly the first ones out of the gate to get the fix up, even 3rd party security firms like Kaspersky deploying the fix for Flashback before Apple.

Apple is now entering the same world as Microsoft has been in for more than 10 years: updates, security patches and so on,” said Kaspersky. “We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one.

They will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago. They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software.



From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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