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[5]: Comment by larwilliams
by nej_simon on Tue 1st Mar 2011 21:18 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by larwilliams"
nej_simon
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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.


That's still millions of computers. And if they're that easy to exploit it would make perfect sense to write malware for them.

The reason why hackers target windows is not only because it's larger market share but also because of bad design decisions up until Vista:
* Automatically executing whatever that's on an inserted CD or USB-stick.
* OS-integrated web browser
* ActiveX and its various security problems.
* Lots of services running and listening on ports by default.
* Users gets admin accounts by default.

XP still has a majority market share.

And when trying to fix these problems MS made a new misstake: UAC. It's too easy to grant applications elevated privileges and it shows up too often so users learn to click ok by routine.

So the reason why hackers dont't focus more on the mac is not only due to it's market share.

Some people said the same thing about firefox btw when IE had something like 80-90%, but firefox never became a big target for malware as IE was despite its large market share today.

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