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[3]: Comment by larwilliams
by mrhasbean on Tue 1st Mar 2011 02:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by larwilliams"
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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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

<quote>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.</quote>

There is actually a business-case for Mac malware too: Mac users are typically lulled into the belief that there are no viruses or malware for Macs and thus they are much easier to fool in that regards than Windows users. Also, Mac users are likely to have more cash than Windows users simply because Macs themselves are so expensive. And yet again, if you can choose to compete against a million other virus/malware writers or 5 others, it might actually make more sense to aim for the platform with only 5 other competing developers even if the market-share of that platform isn't as big as the other platforms.

Atleast for someone interested in banking details Mac does indeed seem quite lucrative.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I think what you're describing is only one kind of malware writer. Nowadays, there's more.

Writing malware has become a lucrative business for some. Stuxnet is a good example of that : this is not some funny code from a student feeling insecure and looking for worldwide recognition, this is some fine-tuned electronic strike on a limited amount of places in the world, which noticeably required much more information about Iran than what the average Joe knows.

Apart from that, I think AV companies have also been caught spreading malwares around to make their products sell one time or two.

Edited 2011-03-01 16:42 UTC

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imaginant Member since:
2010-02-26

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

If your reasoning is correct, (I can't judge that), then what would give better attention and validation than creating the first successful and truly destructive software (malware, trojan, virus, etc.) for the Mac? First milestones usually get you at least a blue ribbon. if not a gold star.

It's my guess that the sparsity of destructive software for the Mac is a function of many reasons, including one not often mentioned: these typically young and intelligent programmers keen grasp of windows and an almost lack of interest in OSX. like the Jabberwocky: "He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought -- So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought." And what was he thinking about: Windows, not OSX.

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