Security Expert Says iOS Users Can Expect Malware in 2013

According to British website Computing, Kaspersky CTO Nikolai Grebennikov thinks that Apple’s operating systems are “really vulnerable” to malicious software attacks and if the tech company doesn’t do something about it, we can expect to see malware in iPads and iPhones by next year.

The Kaspersky executive was quoted as saying that the Mac OS has weak safety measures and “Apple recently invited us to improve its security. We’ve begun an analysis of its vulnerabilities and malware targeting it.”

Grebennikov pointed to a recent infection of 600,000 Macs from the flashback Trojan as proof that Apple doesn’t take security seriously enough. “Apple blocked Oracle from updating Java on Mac OS, and they performed all the updates themselves. They only released the patch a few weeks ago – two or three months after the Oracle patch. That’s far too long,” he said.
Apparently, Kaspersky has been trying to work with Apple for a while to help the company improve their malware defense. The security company has criticized various Apple platforms in the past, and will finally get the opportunity to work on one of them.

As for Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS; a year ago, Grebennikov said that Apple “could not hope to keep its mobile platform iOS locked down without outside expertise.”

There is no iOS-specific malware identified at this time. However, Grebennikov expects to see iPads and iPhones getting attacked by 2013. “Our experience tells us that in the near future, perhaps in a year or so, we will see the first malware targeting iOS.”

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  • Captain ZADL

    It’s been 5 years as the single best selling phone in the world. It’s been 3 years as the single best selling (and pretty much only) tablet in the world. You think people haven’t been trying to hack it? The App Store does a pretty good job of acting as a gatekeeper, I’d say. That and the lack of flash.