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Atlas VPN: macOS malware surged by 1,092% in 2020

According to a new report from Atlas VPN, which makes a free virtual private network (VPN) app, the development of macOS malware surged by 1,092% in 2020. 

To be exact, 674,273 new malware samples were found in 2020, when there were only 56,556 samples detected in 2019. The report shows that:

  • macOS malware development surged by 1,092% in 2020.
  • New macOS threats hit a historical high at 674,273 samples.
  • In 2020, hackers focused more of their attention towards Apple’s desktop OS and created an average of 1,847 threats every day.
  • Also, a record-high of 91.05 million new Windows malware samples were discovered in 2020.
  • Hackers developed an average of 249,452 new Windows threats per day.
Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.