Computerworld: Study: Mac OS Among Least Prone to Attack

“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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