Mac and Android malware increasing, new survey reveals

Malware targeting macOS and Android devices has risen sharply in the last year

Austin Clark | 25th Aug 17

New research from security company Malwarebytes has found that malware targeting macOS and Android devices has risen sharply in the last year.

The security firm says detection rates of Android ransomware in particular has more than doubled over the course of a single quarter, rising by 137% from Q1 to Q2 2017. Similarly, more Mac-based malware was detected in Q2 2017 than the whole of last year combined.

“Windows devices are no longer the sole victims of damaging malware attacks, as strategic attacks on Android devices are rapidly on the rise,” said Armando Orozco, Senior Mobile Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes. “All Android users need to remain alert and proactively guard their identity and data on the go, just as they do on their computers at home.”

The rise of malware targeting Macs has come as a shock to some, however. Apple computers have a reputation for being more secure than Windows machines, leading many to incorrectly consider them ‘unhackable’.

Marcin Kleczynski, CEO, Malwarebytes, said: “Antivirus and security awareness is no longer enough defence for Mac users, the growth of Mac malware has made that very clear. We hope that more and more Mac users will come to this realisation and begin to seek out additional defences.”