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May 15, 2006 at 2:01 PM

Symantec’s John Thompson: Mac users beware

SAN DIEGO — Mac users shouldn’t be complacent about security, Symantec Chief Executive John Thompson said at FiRe today.

Windows has presented a bigger target for cyberattacks, but the nature of the threats is changing. Instead of broad virus attacks, hackers are increasingly focused on attacking individuals — regardless of their computer type — and stealing their money and identity.

“As you think about the changing threat landscape and the threat landscape moves from high profile viruses and worms to identity theft and fraud, that is not OS dependent,” he said.

Thompson also had choice words for Microsoft. He said he’s not worried about competition from Microsoft’s new security offerings, but he suggested Symantec, maker of Norton-brand security products, will pursue antitrust remedies if Microsoft doesn’t play “fair.”

“Our only concern is whether or not Microsoft will play fairly,” he said. “If they deliver their classic technology portfolio, we’re not concerned at all.’ However if they do something that is unfair, then that will be something that will be difficult to compete against, but we’ll have other venues for making our point.’

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