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Mac adware is more sophisticated and dangerous than traditional Mac malware

As the data revealed in our State of Malware report showed, Mac threats are on the rise, but they are not the same type of threats experienced by Windows users. Most notably, more traditional forms of malware, such as ransomware, spyware, and backdoors account for over 27 percent of all Windows threats. That figure is less than 1 percent for Macs. Further, Mac malware is rather unsophisticated … [Read more...]

A week in security (December 16 – 22)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we signalled that Mac threat detections have been on the rise in 2019, discussed how a new Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) would empower American users, warned that the Spelevo exploit kit debuts a new social engineering trick, and let our own Statler and Waldorf take you through a decade in cybersecurity fails: the top breaches, threats, and ‘whoopsies’ … [Read more...]

Mac threat detections on the rise in 2019

Conventional wisdom has been that, although not invulnerable to cyberthreats (as some old Apple ads would have you believe), Macs are afflicted with considerably fewer infections than Windows PCs. However, when reviewing our 2019 Mac detection telemetry, we noticed a startling upward trend. Indeed, the times, they are a-changin’. To get a sense of how Mac malware performed against all … [Read more...]