20% of all Macs Carrying Windows Malware, Says Sophos
In a blog post that veered sharply and irretrievably into disturbing comparisons between computer malware and Chlamydia, security firm Sophos announced a study that found that of the 100,000 computers they surveyed (that were equipped with Sophos software), one in five had some kind of Windows malware lurking onboard.
(Yes, Sophos can benefit from making people scramble to buy security software. Yes, Sophos actually links to its own anti-malware software in the post announcing the findings. No, you should not disregard the findings or what they portend.)
Note well that Windows malware can’t do much to a Mac, but that doesn’t mean Mac users can’t be carriers for the stuff; all it takes is sharing a flash drive, sending an email attachment--any typical computer-to-computer communication, really.
Armed with that information, Mac users should take heed, be a good neighbor, and take precautions against malware. (No, it doesn’t have to be something made by Sophos. Nobody’s endorsing anybody here.)