Mac Platform Attacks Increased Over Year

Attacks on Apple's Mac platform increased over the last year, with hackers focusing their attention on the Mac OS X platform.

In its annual 'The Year in Mac Security' report, Intego highlighted the various threats that Mac users had faced last year, including some that just plain failed to take off.

Intego said it had discovered a number of sample instances that specifically targeted Mac users, but that none of them had managed to mutate into a full-fledged attack. The company encountered instances of ransom-ware, spyware and viruses that allow hackers to remotely control a system.

Over the course of 2010, Apple released 38 security updates for Mac OS X and other software and hardware.

"2010 was another busy year for Mac security professionals. With new malware, an extensive number of vulnerabilities affecting Mac OS X, iOS and many applications, the Mac platform saw enough security issues to keep everyone occupied," the company said in a statement.

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