Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of the Russia-based security firm (and antivirus/malware protection vendor) Kaspersky, has stated that Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in terms of security and that Apple needs to completely overhaul their security systems, just as Microsoft did. This comes after OSX’s security has come in to question after the spread of the Flashback trojan, that as been reportedly infected over 600,000 Macs.
“I think [Apple] are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” Kaspersky told CBR. “For many years I’ve been saying that from a security point of view there is no big difference between Mac and Windows. It’s always been possible to develop Mac malware, but this one was a bit different. For example it was asking questions about being installed on the system and, using vulnerabilities, it was able to get to the user mode without any alarms.”
Its worth noting that users should take these claims with a grain of salt as its in Kaspersky’s best interest to sell more antivirus/malware protection software to Mac users, who generally don’t install malware-detecting software at all.