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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:
  • CME-4
  • MacOS/Leap
  • MacOS/Leap!tgz
  • OSX.Leap.A
  • OSX/Leap
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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RE: I wouldn't feel so confident.
By Araxen on 2/16/2006 4:14:12 PM , Rating: 1
The main reason why there isn't as much malware and such is that they were on a RISC processor not a x86 processor. I expect to see more malware and such on OS X as Apple's Intel Mac's become more prevelant.


RE: I wouldn't feel so confident.
By andrep74 on 2/16/2006 5:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
Flame bait? Or are you just that ignorant? WTF does RISC vs. CISC have to do with it??? It's the platform , not the architecture. You could argue that CISC chips of ten years ago are more RISC than most RISC chips are today; yet there were still more vulnerabilities in the popular platforms than the lesser-used ones (there were more vulnerabilities in the less-complex CISC chips running Windows 95 than there are for today's more complex RISC chips running OS/X).

The TI-89 OS is less secure than Windows, but there aren't any worms written for that platform (which is based on a MC68000, btw). The truth is, Windows has so many exploits because it's both easy to exploit and it's a popular platform.


RE: I wouldn't feel so confident.
By plinden on 2/16/2006 11:56:26 PM , Rating: 2
Where's the rolls-eyes icon?

If you read about it, you would see that this malware was written for the PPC processor. It doesn't affect the Intel/Universal binary applications


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