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[4]: Comment by larwilliams
by Alfman on Tue 1st Mar 2011 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by larwilliams"
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"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.

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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nej_simon Member since:

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

It's only a part of the truth so it's incorrect to present it as the reason why macs aren't targeted by malware.

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