Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Apr 2007 14:14 UTC, submitted by Francis Kuntz
Mac OS X "In case you missed it, there's a virus for the iPod. Yep, that's right, your MP3 player is a veritable hotbed of virus activity - but only if you're running the iPod Linux distribution, and only if you take great pains to make the virus function, since it doesn't really work. We can argue about whether or not this code actually constitutes a virus, but that's not the point I'm trying to make. The point here is that if it has a CPU, hackers will try to break it, and virus writers will try to write a virus for it. Given that there are probably only a few hundred - maybe a thousand - iPods running Linux out there, the fact that someone took the time to write this virus, or malicious code is an example of why Apple detractors clamoring that Macs aren't a target due to the lower market share are all wet."
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Wow.
by Nelson on Fri 13th Apr 2007 17:10 UTC
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"Given that there are probably only a few hundred -- maybe a thousand -- iPods running Linux out there, the fact that someone took the time to write this virus, or malicious code is an example of why Apple detractors clamoring that Macs aren't a target due to the lower market share are all wet."

So because someone took the time to write a virus for ipodLINUX(emphasis on Linux), that means that Mac suddenly becomes more targetted by hackers? Am I the only one who fails to see the logic there?

"Given that most virus authors and hackers are in it for the ego, don't you think that there would be a huge incentive to be the first one to write a widespread OS X, Linux, or FreeBSD virus?"

Suddenly he knows what most "virus authors and hackers" are like? I don't know but if I were a hacker I'd write an exploit to..gee I don't know..exploit something. Not for the ego, sure Linux/BSD viruses or exploits are nice but right now the cash crop is Windows due to the amount of businesses and homes using it.

"If an OS is built on shaky ground, everything layered on top will suffer. This is the position that Microsoft is in now."

And what is this "shaky ground" he talks about? The NT kernel? Given that most of the XP exploits were buffer overflows in applications or components with XP I don't see how this makes sense?

The OS was built when security was not as big a deal as it has become recently, albiet it was a stupid move and not an excuse; it's hardly fair to write it off as a "shaky ground". Especially since XP has been audited completely to prevent this kind of thing in future OSes.

This guy is just a fanatic with more emotion than fact frankly. I'm not going to deny that Macs are targetted, however to say that they are targetted even close to as much as Windows is plain wrong.

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