Botnet like Flashback has forced Apple to take security more seriously
Apple has started to take security seriously. The security issues came to light during the attack of the Flashback botnet few months back. PCWorld now reports that Apple has changed a statement in their website that says the OS X is not vulnerable to viruses.
Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant in Sophos U.S., said in his blog, “I view the changes in the messages pushed out by their marketing department as some important baby-steps… Let’s hope more Apple Mac owners are also learning to take important security steps — such as installing antivirus protection.”
Previous statements like, “It doesn’t get PC viruses” has been replaced with “It’s built to be safe,” & “Safety. Built in.” instead of “Safeguard your data. By doing nothing.” A comparison between the old & the new can be found here.
Even Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of anti-virus maker Kaspersky, points out that Apple has to extend the time frames to support their older operating systems. For instance, Apple ended the support for Leopard OS X 10.5 in May this year after OS X 10.7 was released. “Apple has stopped supporting some older operating systems but there are still millions of people using these systems,” he said. “It means if vulnerabilities are found, any kind of bad guys will be free to infect these machines.”
Apple declined to comment on the issue.