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Mac malware continuing to escalate, warn security researchers

Malware targeting the Mac operating system has seen a significant growth in the first half of this hear, according to security firm Malwarebytes

Mac users saw more malware in the second quarter of this year than they saw in all of 2016, according to data collected by Malwarebytes.

More new malware families have appeared in the first half of this year than in any other previous year in Mac history, the data shows.

In the light of these findings, the security firm has released Malwarebytes for Mac to protect against increasing threats to the operating system, either as a standalone system or to run alongside any antivirus software.

According to Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski, antivirus and security awareness is no longer enough defence for Mac users, who will now have to seek additional defences.

The Mac operating system has long been regarded as a relatively secure operating system, but this was mainly due to the fact that there were relatively few threats designed to target Mac users rather than the operating system being inherently secure.

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