Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th May 2011 20:37 UTC
Apple I have personally tried to pretty much let the whole MAC Defender trojan thing pass by, since we're not a security website. However, we have an interesting turn of events this week. An article over at Ars Technica quotes several anonymous Apple Store employees as saying that the infection rate of Macs brought into the Apple store has gone up considerably. More interestingly though, Apple's official policy states that Apple Store employees are not allowed to talk about infections to anyone - they're not even allowed to inform Mac owners if they find the infection without the customer's knowledge. Another interesting tidbit: Apple mandates the use of Norton Antivirus on company Macs, according to one Apple Store genius.
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Apple is not responsible
by ViewRoyal on Sat 21st May 2011 17:42 UTC
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Mac Defender is NOT a virus (and there never has been even a single Mac OS X virus!). It's a "scareware" scam, in which a naive user blindly uses their own password to purposely install a bad application.

Is Apple responsible if you fall for a scam?

What if a naive user fell for another scam, like giving all their money to a "Nigerian prince"? Would Apple also be responsible because the request came through email on Mac OS X?

The answer of course is "No".

But Windows users (thanks to abysmal reporting by bloggers on the Web) seem to think that Mac Defender is a "virus", and so are comparing the security of Mac OS X to the "Swiss Cheese" non-security of Windows OS.

Let's repeat the fact again, for those Windows users who mistakenly believe that Mac OS X has viruses just like Windows:

During the 10 years that Mac OS X has been in existence, there has NEVER been a virus for the Mac.

Or to put it into numbers:

Windows OS = hundreds of thousands of viruses
Mac OS X = zero (0) viruses


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