Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Mar 2011 00:28 UTC
Mac OS X It's sad to see that even after all these years, we still have to write articles like this one. It's all over the web right now: a new backdoor Mac OS X trojan discovered! Code execution! Indicative of rise in Mac malware! Until, of course, you actually take a look at what's going on, and see that not only is it not in the wild, it can't really do anything because it's a beta.
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RE[4]: Comment by larwilliams
by windywoo on Tue 1st Mar 2011 15:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by larwilliams"
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"[q]LOL, as suggested by the writer, it never materialize.

All it appears to be is a leaked proof of concept. Mac fanboys can mod down my original post all they like, but the points are still valid. Nobody really cares to write malware for OSX because less than 10% of people actually use it.

That argument is really getting old now. The mac market share has been steadily growing for years, yet we haven't seen a surge in mac malware.

And I think people modded you down because you're just repeating that old questionable argument, not because they're "Mac fanboys". [/q]

The Mac marketshare has been steadily growing by less than one percent each year. That hardly deserves a surge of interest. The largest figure I have seen for Mac marketshare worldwide is 7%. More often it is quoted as being around 5%. The fanboys always quote the American marketshare where I believe they just reached 11%. No Mac fanboy ever thinks to question it and thinks that it reflects the wider picture too.

The argument that Mac owners are richer and therefore deserve the attentions of malware writers is extremely poor mathematics. Mac owners would have to be on average 19 times richer than the average PC owner to make the effort worthwhile. As affluent as Mac owners tend to be, I doubt the gap is that wide.

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