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An article in WSJ:

'Worms' Turn on Apple Macs, Bigger Target as Sales Boom

I was under the impression that one of the reasons viruses for Macs weren't such a big deal wasn't just because of the market share, but rather because the OS didn't allow the access that XP and other windows operating systems allowed. In other words, you simply couldn't do the damage to Macs that you could do to Windows.





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    Originally posted by Leroy
    An article in WSJ:

    'Worms' Turn on Apple Macs, Bigger Target as Sales Boom

    I was under the impression that one of the reasons viruses for Macs weren't such a big deal wasn't just because of the market share, but rather because the OS didn't allow the access that XP and other windows operating systems allowed. In other words, you simply couldn't do the damage to Macs that you could do to Windows.




It shouldn't matter. We hacked a copy of OS7 back in the day to allow some old Honeywell code to run inside an API and it seemed easy enough. It's just not as much fun to trojan a few hundred computers. Plus, there is a certain segement of the computer world that believes that the majority of trojan writers are MAC users that write trojans so they can sit back and go "See, told you what would happen if you bought a PC. Then eat a veggie burger"






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I guess getting any essential access would allow you to do some damage. I'm recalling my first Mac virus which was more annoying than crippiling (the Word Macro Virus) - and required all of 15 minutes to remove.

Then again, there seem to be much more frequent updates for my linux machines than my PowerBook.



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    We hacked a copy of OS7 back in the day to allow some old Honeywell code to run inside an API and it seemed easy enough. It's just not as much fun to trojan a few hundred computers. Plus, there is a certain segement of the computer world that believes that the majority of trojan writers are MAC users that write trojans so they can sit back and go "See, told you what would happen if you bought a PC. Then eat a veggie burger"




Oh, come ON.

I've never understood the "why create a virus for the 2%" arguement. If that was the case, you'd surely hear about something squeaking though the cracks every few months or so. In the five years I've been using Macs, I've heard about exactly TWO. And one of those was recent, and to activate that, you had to unknowingly download a zip file, see the unknown zip file, then open the unknown zip file. If you get THAT, well, you got what you deserve.

Conversely, with as much crowing Apple does about how solid and sturdy OSX and Unix is, wouldn't some holier-than-thou script kiddies write some virus JUST for the publicity? Surely, the Windows press would jump all over that, right?

Now, I'm off to go finish my veggie burger.



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