The days of “false assumption” that Apple’s OS and products is safe from attackers and malicious programs is long gone. Apple inc. may have had its ‘hours of fame’ in its early days, banking on brand loyalty and in my opinion also ‘sheer business arrogance” to create an image that the Mac OS and iOS environment is free from malware. Recently , reality has caught up on the Cupertino based tech as cyber attacks in its products have been on a rapid pace.
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Following, an unprecedented spike in cyber attacks on apple products this year, Mountain View based Security firm Symantechas predicted a further sharp rise in cyber attacks against Apple products in 2016. Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting Apple products like the ipad and Apple’s flagship — the iPhone as the products gain more popularity globally. According to Symantec : though cyber attacks against iOS and OS X were “quite low” when compared to the company’s main competitors — Google’s Android in mobile and Microsoft’s Windows for desktop computing, the “level of Apple-related malware infections has seen a rapid spiked, particularly in the past 18 months.”. According to Symantec’s Director Solutions Product Management ( for Asia Pacific and Japan) Tarun Kaura during an interview with PTI, “Apple devices have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. According to IDC, the company now accounts for 13.5 per cent of global smartphone shipments and 7.5 per cent of global PC shipments. “This increase in usage has not gone unnoticed by attackers. A rising number of threat actors have begun developing specific malware designed to infect devices running Mac OS X or iOS,” . Perhaps it’s time Apple product users took security more seriously and discard the outdated perception that Apple’s devices are free from malware. The number of iOS malware threats discovered to date is seven, though relatively small in number, this indicates an increase in threats, up from the
previous high of three in 2014. These threats span from ordinary cyber crime
gangs branching out to Apple platforms to high level attack groups like the Butterfly corporate espionage team that infected OS X computers in targeted organisations, Director Tarun Kaura hinted. Last year Apple saw a monthly average of between 10,000 and 70,000 Mac computers infected with malware. Symantec’s research also found out that the number of unique OS X computers
infected with malware in the first nine months of 2015 was seven times higher than in all of 2014.
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According to Bryce Boland, chief technology officer at FireEye another security firm that is also predicting a rough 2016 for Apple’s products security, attackers are increasingly “finding ways into Apple’s walled garden, and that will ramp up next year”. New Apple products like Apple Pay also gives attackers financial incentives and “an encouraging reason” to attack. Butterfly — A corporate espionage group which attacked multi-billion dollar
companies in 2015 developed malware tools that attacked both Windows and Apple computers. Though Apple goes to great lengths, and great expense, to sift through each and every submission to its app store, it virtually didn’t see what was considered the first large scale attack on the Apple store coming. In one of the attacks, the attackers created a counterfeit version of
Apple’s software for building iOS apps, which they persuaded developers to download. Apps compiled using the malicious software will have security loopholes from where the attackers can seal data about users and send it to their remote servers. s flagship — the iPhone as the products gain more popularity globally. According to Symantec : though cyber attacks against iOS and OS X were