Mac attacks on the rise

Ever since the Mac and PC ads, and for quite a while before that, there’s been a smugness exhibited by certain Mac users about “there’s so much more malware that affects Windows users”. No longer true…:

For the first time ever, Macs saw more cyberthreats per endpoint than Windows PCs, according to the 2020 State of Malware Report.

“We saw a significant rise in the overall prevalence of Mac threats in 2019, with an increase of over 400% from 2018,” the report by Malwarebytes Labs stated.

Part of that increase can be attributed to an increase in its Malwarebytes for Mac user base, the report noted. To see if that increase reflected what was actually happening in the Mac threat landscape, Malwarebytes said, it examined threats per endpoint on both Macs and Windows PCs.

“In 2019, we detected an average of 11 threats per Mac endpoint–nearly double the average of 5.8 threats per endpoint on Windows,” the report said.

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