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[2]: Comment by larwilliams
by larwilliams on Tue 1st Mar 2011 01:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by larwilliams"
larwilliams
Member since:
2007-04-03

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.

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RE[3]: Comment by larwilliams
by t3RRa on Tue 1st Mar 2011 01:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by larwilliams"
t3RRa Member since:
2005-11-22

If that less than 10% computers have enough value of information or business secret or something, I doubt why not ?? Though I am not saying they really got such valuable things to be targets rather the f***ing crackers would choose targets by value not by mere market share if I was one of them ;)

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mrhasbean Member since:
2006-04-03

Nobody really cares to write malware for OSX because less than 10% of people actually use it.


And that "less that 10%" accounts for how many million users?

Point, meet moot...

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HappyGod Member since:
2005-10-19

"Nobody really cares to write malware for OSX because less than 10% of people actually use it.


And that "less that 10%" accounts for how many million users?

Point, meet moot...
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That doesn't render his point invalid at all. If you're a virus writer and you can target hundreds of millions (maybe billions?) of users with Windows, or tens of millions with Mac, which will you choose?

Of course, you're going to choose Windows. If you stop and think about why malware writers actually write destructive software it makes perfect sense.

They are typically young and intelligent. However they are also insecure social outcasts, desperately seeking attention and validation.

That's what drives them. They want their software to make the news with maximum destruction/chaos. They get that with Windows, not Mac.

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nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

"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.
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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".

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RE[4]: Comment by larwilliams
by Alfman on Tue 1st Mar 2011 15:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by larwilliams"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

"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."

Doesn't matter if it's old or not, it is still true.

Also, I'm surprised nobody here has mentioned/remembers that in last year's pwn2own contest apple's mac was not only the first to fail, but the only one to fail on day 2 in which attackers were allowed to open malicious emails/web addresses on the machine.

http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/gone-in-2-minutes-mac-gets-hack...

Clearly this hacker wasn't out to exploit apple users in the wild, but he had an original zero day exploit, so he could have.

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windywoo Member since:
2011-03-01

"[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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