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: Maybe I'm crazy...
by kaiwai on Wed 2nd Mar 2011 01:29 UTC in reply to "Maybe I'm crazy..."
kaiwai
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If you think the linkbait is bad, then check out this:

http://img600.imageshack.us/i/screenshot20110302at125.png/

That is an advertisement by Google (on Macrumors) linking to two known scam websites, bidfun and bidhere, both of which are owned by the same company and both are known to be fraudsters and yet we have Google quite happy to take money from con-artists. At least in the case of linkbait all you need to be is a little savvy about the internet but if something is being advertised on a platform run by Google wouldn't it be correct that Google wouldn't allow con-artists and fraudsters to use their services to commit criminal acts? I mean, if I was an average end user I'd assume that Google checked out the company before allowing them to advertise with Google.

But I don't give a damn if a piece of malware can gain root privileges on my desktop when measured against the greater harm that results from it getting and sending my personal information. This old mentality of "oh, well, it can't gain root so it's no big deal" needs to stop dead. Which is worse, my system being brought down or otherwise affected... or my personal data being snagged? This isn't a trick question, especially in today's environment. I'd argue that gaining user's data is worse than gaining root privileges when you're referring to desktop machines. On servers, of course, the situation is completely different and root access is much worse than a single user being compromised. We're not talking about servers this time around, however.


Agreed; with so much personal data on ones computer either explicitly in files or saved in cache or even virtual memory that hasn't been flushed yet (Mac OS X has 'secure' virtual memory) will cause more damage than some mischievously socially engineered application.

I personally think the whole thing is way over blown because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do as so far as 'security' and 'linkbait' unless one were to go to the logical extreme and lock down the whole system with the only avenue of purchase being through some sort of 'AppStore'. I would sooner give up some security if it means I have more liberty in the process - freedom is never neat and tidy, and quite frankly I don't think the hysterics of halfwitts getting hacked because of their own stupidity is really helping the situation either.

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