There will be a significant rise in virus attacks on both the Mac and open-source platforms, according to renowned security expert, Eugene Kaspersky.

The co-founder and head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Labs claims that Vista’s lukewarm reception will drive more customers towards alternative platforms, making them a more attractive target for malware writers. ‘Home users are not so loyal to the OS. Not many of them are satisfied with Microsoft Vista,’ Kaspersky told PC Pro. ‘Some Windows users will switch to other OSes. Microsoft will not lose its dominance, but it will be reduced a bit.’

Kaspersky claims that Mac viruses are no more difficult to repel than Windows attacks, but says ‘it’s not so easy to find good [anti-virus] experts for non-Windows platforms.’

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