The Mac malware scene shifted into high gear in 2012 with the emergence of the Flashback trojan and the revelation that its authors had control of a massive botnet containing well over a half-million machines. Flashback and SabPub, which exploited the same Java vulnerabilities, are the first pieces of malware that security experts and weary Windows users can point to as unequivocal evidence of a widespread and impactful malware threat targeting the Mac platform. Whether Apple’s easy road for security continues or if their increased market-share and overall visibility has them headed down a more perilous path has yet to be determined.

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