A new survey by security software company Sophos has revealed that computers users predict Apple Macs are likely to be targeted more by cybercriminals in future.
Following the discovery of the first financially motivated malware for Mac OS X, Sophos conducted a web poll of 355 computer users, which found 93 percent of respondents believe Apple Macintoshes will be targeted more often.
However, half of those polled said they did not believe the problem would be as great as that faced by users of Microsoft Windows.
The survey results, which are revealed in a Sophos podcast entitled “Big Mac attack or super-sized hype?” show that Apple Mac users are becoming less optimistic about the likelihood of their computers being attacked in future, the company says. A similar survey two years ago, found only 79% believed that Macintosh computers would become more commonly targeted by hackers.
The survey question and results follow:
The first financially motivated malware for Macintoshes has been discovered. Do you think in the future Macs will be targeted more often?
Yes, but not as much as Windows: 50%