A big increase in the number of flaws being discovered in the Mac OS X suggests that the operating system may be as prone to malicious attacks as Windows-based systems, says the SANS Institute.
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A report from the leading security research organisation said that the number of flaws being discovered in the Mac OS had left its reputation as a more secure alternative to Windows “in tatters”.
The claim was made as part of the institute's latest update of its top 20 list of internet vulnerabilities.
Up to now, the Mac OS has been deemed safer than Windows because its relatively small installed base was seen as a less attractive target for malicious hackers.
Around a third of the vulnerabilities found in the Mac OS so far this year have been deemed critical.
SANS said Apple’s increasing market share, and the firm’s recent decision to build its systems around Intel’s chips, have encouraged hackers to pay more attention to its system.