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Cyber-criminals targeting Macs, says ESET

Vendor warns of a Mac-specific malware disguised as cracked applications

Apple's OS X has traditionally been sold as a safer operating system
Apple's OS X has traditionally been sold as a safer operating system

With the rising popularity of the Apple Mac computer, cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting its OS X operating system, according to security vendor ESET.

OS X has traditionally been sold as a safer operating system than Windows, and while this may be the case, the old adage that there are no threats targeting the Mac is no longer true, ESET said.

Last month, the vendor warned users of a Mac-specific malware disguised as cracked versions of popular applications such as Angry Birds and BBEdit. The vendor said that, just like Windows users, Mac users should now be prepared to invest in anti-virus and security solutions.

"Mac users no longer enjoy a virus free environment and attacks on these systems are now far more common than before," said Pradeesh VS, General Manager at ESET Middle East.

"The Middle East is a big market for Apple devices and users here need to understand that this gives hackers a good reason to target them. Phishing is particularly successful and with the rise of social media, more threats are emerging from social platforms,"

ESET recently launched two new security products designed specifically for Mac. The vendor's Anti-Phishing Module extends protection to cross-platform phishing attacks, while its Social Media Scanner protects users and their contacts from malware when engaging on Facebook and Twitter.