Kaspersky security company made a statement on Monday claiming that comments about Apple asking the firm for security help were taken out of context and completely misunderstood.It has been also sai that Kaspersky overstated the whole situation and that Nikolay Grebennikov – the company’s Chief Technology Officer,misspoke,and that clarification is actually a correction.
The one line that became a catalyst to a wave of mass confusion was: “Mac OS is really vulnurable, and Apple recently invited us to improve its security,” as reported by Computing news.
As mentioned, it was a quite big of a deal – Apple has always been as secretive about their security as it is about everything else.You can imagine,what the idea that Apple is turning to a third party security firm to improve security in its operating systems would do to Apple’s reputation.
However,it turned out that this wasn’t what really happened there.In a long statement,given to Engadget,Kaspersky Labs said that Apple “did not invite or solicit Kaspersky Lab’s assistance in analyzing the Mac OS X platform”.
The company stated though,that “Apple is open to collaborating with us regarding new Mac OS X vulnerabilities and malware that we identify during our analysis”.
In response to that,Computer News updated its report with this comment:
“Grebennikov originally stated that Apple had invited Kaspersky Lab to work with the company on improving its security, but has since issued a clarification. The company has now said that its analysis of OS X was “conducted independently” but that “Apple is open to collaborating with [Kaspersky] regarding new OS X vulnerabilities.”
To make it clear,Kaspersky’s analysis of OS X is independent,however,the company believes that Apple could cooperate with it,depending on what it faces.
Here is the full statement from Kaspersky:
“On Monday, April 14, computing.co.uk published an article titled “Apple OS ‘really vulnerable’ claims Kaspersky Lab CTO” that includes an inaccurate quote regarding Apple and Kaspersky Lab. The article reports that Kaspersky Lab had “begun the process of analyzing the Mac OS platform at Apple’s request” to identify vulnerabilities. This statement was taken out of context by the magazine – Apple did not invite or solicit Kaspersky Lab’s assistance in analyzing the Mac OS X platform. Kaspersky Lab has contacted computing.co.uk to correct its article.
Please refer to the statement below from Nikolay Grebennikov, Chief Technology Officer, Kaspersky Lab, which clarifies this misrepresentation:
“As Mac OS X market share continues to increase, we expect cyber-criminals to continue to develop new types of malware and attack methods. In order to meet these new threats, Kaspersky Lab has been conducting an in-depth analysis of Mac OS X vulnerabilities and new forms of malware.
This security analysis of Mac OS X was conducted independently of Apple; however, Apple is open to collaborating with us regarding new Mac OS X vulnerabilities and malware that we identify during our analysis. Kaspersky Lab is committed to providing the highest level of security for all of our customers, including Mac OS X, and we will continue to enhance our technologies in order to meet the ever-changing threat landscape.”