Having finally come to terms with the weaknesses in its operating system, Apple is turning to the security company Kaspersky Lab to point out vulnerabilities and offer advice on how to fix them. This might come as a surprise to Mac users, since Apple's computers are famous for being virus-free, but hackers are taking note as more and more people have switched from PC to Mac. And Kaspersky says that Apple needs to pony up to the task of protecting its users, according to Computing's Stuart Sumner.
Apple's security shortcomings have a bit of a history. Discussing the new relationship in an interview on Monday, Kaspersky CTO Nikoilai Grebennikov explained, "Our first investigations show Apple doesn't pay enough attention to security. For example, Oracle closed a vulnerability in Java, which was a target for a major botnet several months ago." That botnet is the infamous Flashback virus that struck 600,000 computers last month. Per The New York Times' Nicole Perlroth, that was the largest ever attack on Apple's OS X, and users didn't even have to download anything to get the virus. Though Apple released two security patches to remove the malware, another version -- this one was untraceable -- popped up and started infecting computers two weeks later. "This botnet, which the security community identified, is a huge sign that Apple's security model isn't perfect," Grebennikov told Computing.