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Phishing hits both PCs and Macs

Date: May 18, 2006
Source: The Inquirer
By: Nick Farrell

Symantec boss John Thompson has told that his next computer will probably be a Mac.,P. He said that the "target-rich" environment created by Windows vulnerabilities meant that virus writers and hackers have set their sights on Windows PCs.

Thompson said that if more people did go out and buy Macs, virus writers might change their tactics, but at the moment they are not.

He did add that a lot of the new breed of attacks on computers were phishing or identity theft, in which operating systems were not important. It seems a little odd that rather than try and push anti-virus or firewall protection for the PC, which his company makes, Thompson instead suggests another operating system.
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