Malware Hits OS X; No Major Damage
February 16, 2006 1:59 PM
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But OS X users remain adamant that their system is highly secure and much less likely to suffer than a Windows system
Circulating reports are saying that Apple users have their first major case of malware infecting OS X. Understandably, OS X users rarely -- if ever -- have to worry about viruses and spyware running rampant on their systems. A number of factors of course, contribute to this. First of all, OS X is based entirely on a different OS architecture with entirely different security models than Windows XP. The second factor is that OS X isn't as widely used. A lot of power users argue that even if OS X was as popular, infection rates would hardly change simply because of the fact that OS X is considered to be a "superior" OS, containing a myriad of UNIX/Linux features not found on a Windows environment.
The malware, classified as a worm
, appears to be an instant-messaging worm that anti-virus outfit Sophos calls OSX/Leap-A. According to Sophos, OSX/Leap-A deletes files from a user's computer and leaves other files behind.
Some aliases that OSX/Leap-A is known under are:
Windows users on the other hand face spyware, viruses, trojans, and a heap of other software and system attacks on a daily basis.
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2/16/2006 2:15:49 PM
I think the reason that OSX doesn't get attacked so much is because it is not widely used. If it was widely used and Apple became anything like Microsoft, which would most likely happen, then people would attack it. OSX isn't better then Windows, it is different. Just like you have different versions of linux. Something works best for each individual person. Microsoft is attacked because they are on top and people do not like their business model.
I personally lost all respect for Apple with the ad they have on TV basically telling PC users that they suck and an Intel CPU was crap, until it was on a Mac.
2/17/2006 1:22:50 PM
OSX doesn't get attacked so much is because it is not widely used.
That's something of a false argument. If this were true then Apache webserver would be more threatened and compromised than Microsoft's IIS. But it's not, so the "popularilty" argument isn't as strong as the "secure design" argument.
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