Tech News: Macs have “insufferable” or “unacceptable” levels of malware, claims an Apple executive..
The ransomware problem is not getting better. In fact, it’s about to get worse, as cybercriminals have started experiencing double-encrypted ransomware attacks. Victims pay a ransom to decrypt their files, only to find that they were simultaneously encrypted by another strain of malware. It’s a bad trick, but if the last few weeks have shown anything, it’s that there isn’t a low level that these groups won’t drop to.
“If I took the Mac security techniques and applied them to the iOS ecosystem, with all those devices, all that value, it would be invested dramatically worse than what’s already happening on the Mac,” he said.
“For iOS, we aspired to create something much more secure,” Federighi added, detailing the walled garden approach to iOS. “All indications are that we managed to do it.”
We can’t support the latter, as occurrences of iOS malware are far less likely than those on Android devices, especially when you consider the vast number of Android phones out there, many of which run different versions of Google’s mobile operating system.
What’s dryly funny here is Federighi’s mild condemnation of macOS security. In the past, it was often touted by Apple and his fans that the Mac receives no malware. Apple even advertised on TV about it.
This mea culpa might bring a smile to the faces of those who are anti-Mac, but it can also be considered positive news. Exhibition Apple is more than aware of the malware threat macOS faces and may suggest that future versions of the operating system may have new measures to limit viruses and malicious software.
Since the engineers from Cupertino have made the Apple Chip M1 and transition away slowly from to rely on Intel silicon, apparently Apple is open to pushing the boundaries of established computing. Perhaps in the future we could see a return to the days of free Macs from malware threats, although this might be wishful thinking.