Apple Teams Up With Kaspersky To Fight Mac Malware

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Apple is working with Kaspersky to identify vulnerabilities in Mac OS X.

If you still think your Mac is immune to malware and malicious infections then it’s time to stop kidding yourself. The recent Flashback trojan has proven that these a real issue for Apple’s desktop operating system, and as long as Mac OS X continues to grow, so will its infections.

But Apple is now working to prevent them. It issued a fix for the Flashback infection after it became apparent just how huge it was, and the Cupertino company is now teaming up with security specialists Kaspersky to identify other vulnerabilities.

Nikolai Grebennikov, Kaspersky’s CTO, has revealed to Computing.co.uk that “Mac OS is really vulnerable,” and that “Apple recently invited us [Kaspersky] to improve its security.” Grebennikov says that Kaspersky has now begun an analysis on Mac OS X’s vulnerabilities and the malware that’s targeting them.”

However, despite the partnership, Grebennikov wasn’t too complimentary about Apple, criticizing its lack of “seriousness” when it comes to security, which paved the way for Flashback to spread. Grebennikov blamed Apple’s decision to block Java updates from Oracle:

Apple blocked Oracle from updating Java on Mac OS, and they perform all the udpates themselves. They only released the patch a few weeks ago – two or three months after the Oracle patch. That’s far too long.

Grebennikov also made a rather surprising statement about iOS:

Our experience tells us that in the near future, perhaps in a year or so, we will see the first malware targeting iOS.

Because of Apple’s “closed” approach to iOS, which sees every app vetted and approved before making its way into the App Store, it seems it would be extremely difficult for hackers to get their malware onto our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. One would assume that the only iOS devices immune to malware are those installing apps via unofficial sources through jailbreaking.

With Apple now working alongside Kaspersky to fight Mac infections, we’re hoping that future vulnerabilities are ironed out quicker than they have been in recent years. We may even see Kaspersky’s security solutions baked into Mac OS X as standard, but that’s purely speculation on my part.

Source: Computing.co.uk

Via: The Next Web

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7 responses to “Apple Teams Up With Kaspersky To Fight Mac Malware”

  1. Tallest_Skil says:

    “You’re not safe. Believe us; we found some stuff. No, you can’t know about it. Buy our software to fix it.”

  2. John Flud says:

    I don’t think Kaspersky has a conspiracy to just sell products. Even apple is taking them seriously as evidenced by this article. I just bought the software and it works seamlessly and as macs become more of a target as they become more popular, its best to have some security. I think apple getting their help is all I need to know that Kaspersky is a reputable firm. You want to leave your system unprotected. fine by me, but when the next fashback trojan or  macdefender comes a knocking, I’ll be ready for it. will you? 

  3. bobbymc says:

    not as bad as those gov’t / fbi / homeland security  come-ons to get you to use or download their free important “fixes” , “apps” , etc. 4 your pc ; as if they won’t know where you go or what you do AFTER they get their tentacles in your machine , eh… rat bastids !

  4. bobbymc says:

    not as bad as those gov’t / fbi / homeland security  come-ons to get you to use or download their free important “fixes” , “apps” , etc. 4 your pc ; as if they won’t know where you go or what you do AFTER they get their tentacles in your machine , eh… rat bastids !

  5. Macnetar says:

    Bottom line, they want to cash in on the Mac’s growing popularity. The race between the Ant-virus companies for the Mac is on. Apple needs to take care of this, not them.

  6. gavernmusic says:

    The best way to protect your Mac is to carefully learn and review the security features and settings. There is no need and I highly Do Not recommend installing 3rd party so called anti-virus software. If you set some time aside to learn about settings, how viruses etc work and so on, you’ll be doing yourself a favour. I highly doubt that apple will ever allow a third party anti-virus maker to be an integral part of the OS. That would be Microsoft, and Apple likes to keep things simple.

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