Over the last few days several reports of high profile compromises in organisations like Facebook (Protecting People On Facebook), Apple ( Apple says some employee computers were breached by hackers) and most recently Microsoft ( Recent Cyberattacks) were made public with a worrying underlying theme. It appears that online criminals and other adversaries are increasingly targeting those users who decided to use an Apple MacOS system as their work asset of choice. As stated by Sophos (Microsoft admits it was also hit by hackers, malware infects their Mac business unit) this is likely more than coincidence.
Clearly some of the bad guys are targeting Mac OS X, knowing that many “cool” developers prefer to write their software on shiny Apple hardware as well as dull beige PCs.
If you are currently using a MacOS device please consider the following points –
- Ensure your system is updated with the latest security patches available
- Disable Java unless you need it
- Consider applying hardening measures to your Mac OS
- Install a trusted AntiMalware solution e.g.