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Computerworld: Study: Mac OS Among Least Prone to Attack

Nov 09, 2002, 04:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Roberts)

"Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh was among the computer operating systems least prone to attack and damage from malicious hackers, worms and viruses in 2002, while Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and the Linux operating systems were the most vulnerable, according to a report by technology risk management company Mi2g Ltd...

"According to the company, 1,162 new software vulnerabilities were discovered during the first 10 months of this year, including vulnerabilities discovered in operating systems, server software and third-party applications. Of that number, fewer than 25 were attributable to the Macintosh operating system...

"In contrast, Microsoft's Windows operating system accounted for the lion's share of new vulnerabilities, with more than 500 vulnerabilities discovered affecting Windows operating systems. More than 200 vulnerabilities affecting the Linux operating system were discovered, according to the information released by Mi2g, which is based in London..."

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