The Mac OS X system is not inherently more secure than other operating systems, according to the researcher.
The Unix/BSD code on which OS X is based is fairly well known, and van Oers noted that there are more than 700 pieces of malware targeting various Unix and Linux platforms.
Vulnerabilities in OS X are also plentiful. Apple’s most recent update patched more than 30 security flaws.
But van Oers pointed out that many malware authors simply prefer to target the low-hanging fruit of a poorly maintained Windows system.
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