From the Winter 2020 Issue

A Short History of Mac Malware

David Balaban
Editor | Privacy PC

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Do Mac viruses exist? In a nutshell, yes. Wondering why? Here’s the thing: lots of people refer to all forms of malicious code as viruses. Strictly speaking, this is a misconception because computer viruses are programs that exhibit self-replication capabilities.

However, there is an aspect that blurs the categorization. Present-day malware can be modular, which means it comes with several components under the same hood. Some of these modules are tasked with contaminating a system, while others perform the propagation part of the job. Additionally . . .

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