Monday, February 20, 2006

79% believe Mac will be targeted more often in wake of Leap-A Mac OS X worm

79% believe Mac will be targeted more often in wake of Leap-A Mac OS X worm- Sophos

Love it! Well right now there are no wild threats to OS X so the chance of OS X being targetting more in the future is a 100% bet! I think this is another case of anti-virus companies looking for new marketplaces. I love Sophos and think their products are very good but talking up Apple viruses is pretty sad.

59% of the pathetic 600 people surveyed thought that the situation was worse on Windows! hahahaha! Well duh! Anyone who didn't think that has obviously never used Windows or Mac OS X.

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I feel this article from ARS Technica sums up the hoo ha over this exploit very nicely.

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Sophos have come out and issued a swift 'Don't Panic!' to the Mac community. There's been a lot of hype around this virus 'outbreak' but really does 50 machine infections amount to anything more than a blip? No! All this recent wave means is that Mac users should remain alert but they should have known that already!

2 Comments:

At 6:07 pm, Blogger James said...

Do any of these worms actually run code without asking the user permission first?

 
At 10:44 pm, Blogger Paul said...

Nope, that's not possible is it. BSD will always need an admin password in order to execute code.

What gets me is the presumption that somehow Mac users all thing this is no risk to the OS. Of course this is risk but the level is so low in comparision to Windows. A newly installed Windows XP SP1 connected to the internet without protection will get Sober followed by Netsky within minutes without the user doing a single thing! Windows is that unsafe. SP2 has locked a few major flaws down (the windows firewall being a major addition).

 

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