Kaspersky: Mac and Linux viruses to rise 'significantly'

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Labs, claims that because Vista hasn't entered the market with a bang, some customers will start moving towards both the Mac and open-source platforms, making them a more attractive target for malware writers. Kaspersky claims that Mac viruses are no more difficult to repel than Windows attacks, but says "it's not so easy to find good [anti-virus] experts for non-Windows platforms." On the other hand, "more people are watching open-source code, so they are more quick to find problems. If the people who make the fix are good guys, that's great; if they are bad guys, that's a problem." Although Kaspersky agrees Vista is fundamentally more secure than XP, he says not all security vendors have perfected their software for Vista yet. "Is a less protected XP with a ready set of security applications better than a more secure Vista with less developed security applications? Microsoft paid a lot of attention to security [in Vista], but it means less flexibility for security vendors."

Kaspersky also warned that malware writers are increasingly turning their attention to non-PC platforms, including consoles and smartphones. He makes an example out of Sony's new console, saying that "if there are viruses for the PlayStation 3, if the situation is such that we have to have protection for these devices, we will have products." The Russian also claims that foreign malware experts are growing wise to new developments in the smartphone arena and predicts that "this year they are going to introduce online banking through smartphones and Chinese hackers will turn to smartphone phishing".

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Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder and head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Labs, claims that because Vista hasn’t entered the market with a bang, some customers will start moving towards both the Mac and open-source platforms, making them a more attractive target for malware writers.

Gee, that's interesting. Vista sold over twice as many copies in it's first two months as XP did in it's first two months,
impressive by any metric, even adjusted for inflated computer sales, Vista sold about as good as XP or better. Does this fool think XP drove up alt-OS adoption as well? Lol, probably so. Kaspersky is just using his authority as an AV researcher to say something ignorant about Vista, the ultimate 'me too' obviously. :ponder: Even if the highly improbable happened and Vista was a complete bomb, ie, it sells on even with XP for 2 months, then people stop buying for whatever reason you can imagine, cuz I can't, then it would simply drive up XP sales until MS fixed whatever was wrong with Vista. Sugguesting otherwise implies something is wrong with an OS that can't be fixed (fantasy) or that people are going to leave MS OS's despite the fact there exist reasons for 95%+/- of computer users to use those OS's since that's the MS OS market share (another fantasy).

No, he's right.... and you put 'ihear'? Conditioned to the Apple way of life much? ;)

That and Mac's 2.4% market share still doesn't generate as much interest or revenue to hackers/spammers.

Linux viruses will probably stay steady but Mac viruses will go up for sure as long as Apple keeps on boasting about how unhackable OSX is and how it never crashes and stuff. Its harder to write viruses for Mac but then again its also harder to write legitimate programs for it.

wow... yup, those Mac commercials are pathetic. My iMac at work broke down or freeze twice in 3 months. It just blinds users, nothing more. Mac and PC are like apple and orange, please do not compare.

markjensen said,
huh?

he's saying he wants people to stop comparing Windows and Mac because theyre both very different, but I disagree since theyre both just computers, no wait I'm sorry I mean one's just a computer but the other is "the world's most advanced Operating System".

I'd like to see a virus try to get past hardened sources (Grsecurity + PaX). For it to attempt to do something suspicious, it'll be killed silently. Even if it's running as root.