The Apple ecosystem has long been considered the safer environment compared to Windows when it comes to being targeted by cyberattacks, but that is no longer necessarily the case.
Almost twice as many attacks were recorded against Mac endpoints in 2019 compared to those running Windows, Malwarebytes revealed in its 2020 State of Malware Report. In a way this increase can be blamed on Apple itself. One of the reasons cybercriminals gave Macs short shrift was because the market size was not large enough to justify expending time and energy to develop Mac-specific threats.
“This is likely because, with increasing market share in 2019, Macs became more attractive targets to cybercriminals. In addition, macOS’ built-in security systems have not cracked down on adware and PUPs to the same degree that they have malware, leaving the door open for these borderline programs to infiltrate,” the report stated.
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