1 in 5 Macs has malware on it. Does yours?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Important: Some reports have erroneously reported the following article as saying that 1 in 5 Macs are *infected* with Windows malware. That is inaccurate. They are, according to our study, harbouring or carrying Windows malware. An important difference! As we explain below, the Mac malware discovered is a much more serious threat to Mac users than the Windows malware – but it would be good if it was all cleaned up! Thanks to @ErrataRob for suggesting I post this clarification.

One in every five Mac computers is harbouring some kind of malware, a new study from the experts at Sophos has revealed.

Sophos has revealed a disturbingly high level of malware on Mac computers – with both Windows and Mac threats being discovered.

A 100,000 strong snapshot of the millions of Mac computers which have recently downloaded Sophos’s…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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