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More than 600000 MacOS malware in 2020, with a year-on-year growth of 1100% From Atlas&AV-Test

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9to5mac reported: a study of new malware found in the field last year shows that the threat situation of MacOS has changed dramatically, almost 1100% more than that in 2019. The survey, conducted by Atlas and AV test, shows that Mac users face an average of 1847 new threats a day. However, combined with the context, compared with the windows platform of the same period, its number is still less than 1% of the total threat.

(Fig. via 9to5mac)

This survey involves 674273 new malware on Mac platform, which is the first major outbreak (+ 1092%) since 2019.

As a comparison, the total number of new Mac malware found in last year’s survey was only 55556, 92570 in 2018, 28949 in 2017 and 5208 in 2016.

Atlas said that one of the main factors contributing to the surge in the number of MacOS malware in 2020 is that the engineering of new malware has become easier than ever.

Nowadays, many hackers do not need too advanced programming skills, and can even directly buy ready-made code, and then customize new malware with one click.

Interestingly, since the beginning of 2021 (mid March), the number of new malware in MacOS has not changed much (only 2474).

(from Atlas / AV test)

As for the “windows” platform, the study found that more than 91 million new threats will be added in 2020, which is 135 times more than the MacOS threat. On average, there are nearly 250000 new windows malware every day.

Even before the end of the first quarter of 2021, there were more than 33 million new malware threats on the windows platform.

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