Apple computers to be targeted more by hackers in 2016

Apple computers to be targeted more by hackers in 2016

Apple computers to be targeted more by hackers in 2016

Apple computers to be targeted more by hackers in 2016


According to the security firm Symantec, malware has been on the rise on both Apple's Mac and iOS ecosystems this year, so much so that that Malware on iOS has effectively doubled. 

2016 is set to be a bumper year for Apple as FireEye, a different security firm expects cyber criminals to have a peaked interest in Apple's "Walled Garden" ecosystem and expect Apple platforms to no longer be considered safe by consumers by the end of the year. 

Last year FireEye saw an average of between 10,000 and 70,000 Mac computers that have been infected by malware and expect that number to rise in 2017. 


      "This is far fewer than Windows desktops and we don't want to scaremonger. Apple remains a relatively safe platform but Apple users can no longer be complacent about security, as the number of infections and new threats rise,"

"finding ways into Apple's walled garden, and that will ramp up next year"

"We haven't yet seen any threats targeting Apple Pay but anything that involves a financial transaction will be of interest to hackers."


  Apple computers to be targeted more by hackers in 2016


With iOS and Mac PC being a more closed community than Android and Windows they have been considered by many as being a safe haven from bugs and viruses, but this cannot be further from the truth, especially moving into the future. 

No OS or platform is safe from viruses or malware and with the introduction of Apple pay hackers have more of a financial incentive to break into Apple's Walled garden. 


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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2015, 15:49:44

As safe as any really, none are foolproof. Or can just be plain bad luck.Quote

13-12-2015, 16:26:51

No platform is safe. If they want to get in, they eventually will.Quote

13-12-2015, 19:26:49

It's safer than it deserves to be considering how low on the computer savvy spectrum an average Apple user is.Quote

14-12-2015, 04:32:01

Well it was only going to be a matter of time. I've seen a couple of infected Apple mobile devices this year and the point of infection was through browser exploits. I've also had users come in with infected Macbooks because the Apple store advised them to not download AV. Apple have been under constant attack since the primary user of an Apple device changed from a graphic designers/wacky 'alternative' types to your average Windows user.

While Apple continue to put up a fight it will still be a good deal more secure than 99% of Android devices just down to how they are able to push out updates without relying on manufacturers to modify the update for specific devices. It'll be interesting to see how secure the new Android based Blackberry devices are.Quote

14-12-2015, 04:41:22

It's about as safe as a perforated condom.

It's so safe you can hack it and run it on a PC....

The only reason it's been left alone was due to the user base. But I would imagine that's climbing now.Quote

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