Growing popularity of OS X attracts cybercriminals

Security specialist Kaspersky is warning of the increased vulnerability of Mac systems to malware. It points out that there are now more than 63 million OS X users in the world and that since 2010 the number of antivirus signatures for Macs has increased more than six times.

The top five threats include becoming part of a zombie network via a compromised WordPress site, fake antivirus products like MacDefender and MacGuard, exploitation of software vulnerabilities, targeted attacks and network infections.

In 2012 the Flashback botnet was uncovered comprising 700,000 Mac OS X machines. It seems that thanks to the numbers of Apple machines now available to target and the increased security of newer versions of Windows, the days of Mac users not needing to worry about security have come to an end.

Welcome to the big, bad world guys. You can see all the threat details and find out how to protect yourself in the infographic below.

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