Sophos Anti-Virus Report Highlights Level Of Mac Specific Malware

Sophos has released its first report on the level of malware discovered on Apple's Mac platform by its Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.

In its Naked Security blog post, Sophos' Graham Cluley explained that the data was collected from 50,000 reports, generated by 150,000 users that have downloaded the free software.

According to the statics, the malware that was detected the most is in fact designed for Microsoft's Windows operating system and has no affect on Mac systems at all. Mal/ASDFDldr-A malware, which accounted for 4.62 per cent of the detections, is designed to exploit the scripting function on Windows Media Player. The malware operates by redirecting users to a malware infested website.

Two Mac OS X specific trojans were also found, OSX/Jahlav and DNS Changer, normally hidden on BitTorrent sites, Sophos said.

"We don't see as much Mac malware as Windows malware. Not by a long shot. But that doesn't mean that Mac users can afford to have their heads in the sand about about protecting their precious computers," Cluley said.

"And, unfortunately, so long as Mac users don't properly defend themselves they will increasingly be perceived as a soft target by cybercriminals."

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