From MSNBC Technolog – 5/22/2012
How many Macs are infected with viruses or other malware?
According to British anti-virus software maker Sophos, it’s one in five.
The good news, or at least not-so-bad news, is that almost all of the malware found on Macs is actually meant for Windows machines.
It’s simply hiding out on Macs, mostly harmlessly, but waiting for an opportunity to spread to a Windows PC — or to the Windows installation found on many Intel-based Macs.
The not-so-good news is that one in 36, or 2.7 percent, of the Macs that Sophos analyzed were indeed infected with Mac-specific malware. Of those, 75 percent were carrying the Flashback family of malware that’s spread across the Mac world since mid-March.
The second-most-widespread Mac malware infection was the MacDefender scareware, which was found on nearly 18 percent of Macs. It first appeared in the spring of 2011.
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As this article demonstrates, malware that can infect Macs is not just a threat to the Mac computers in your small business but it can also be a threat to the Windows computers on your business network.
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