Posted by: macintoshsisters | March 4, 2008

Security vendors prep anti-virus software for Mac OS X

Security vendors prep anti-virus software for Mac OS X
Virus protection software is waiting in the wings in case Apple Mac OS X suddenly becomes a target of choice for hackers

Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab has a prototype version of its virus protection software waiting in the wings in case Apple Mac OS X suddenly becomes a target of choice for hackers.

Kaspersky, based in Moscow, has no plans soon to make it into a product, but one could “be ready in just days,” said Timur Tsoriev, spokesman, at the Cebit technology trade show in Germany on Tuesday.

Kaspersky’s anti-virus technology is flexible enough to work on different operating systems, said CEO Eugene Kaspersky. The company’s analysts have also cracked open an iPhone, which runs a slimmed-down version of OS X, to see how it runs.

Whether to cover Apple’s operating system has been a question for security vendors. At times, they’ve found it hard to make a business case to invest resources into building security software since Apple users feel segregated from the attacks suffered on a regular basis by Windows users.

FULL article at Info World

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