Apr 20 2012

Apple MAC users learn that they’re not untouchable…

sq52hoxs_thumb Apple MAC users learn that they're not untouchable…Over the past couple days there’s been a lot of traffic and a lot of articles written about the Apple Mac being attacked by a backdoor Trojan. At last count, it was indicated that roughly 600 to 700,000 Mac users were infected with the virus. since early April, the reports of the viruses have been coming in and for Mac users I’m sure the idea is very troubling, because Apple has always had a loyal group of users who account the operating system as the most secure, and most Mac users don’t even use antivirus or malware software because of this…

Those same users are now scrambling to find software that can protect their system. They’re now finding that their systems are not impenetrable; there’s flaws in the operating system that can be exploited.

What’s funny is the response from Apple in regards to the Mac’s being infected by malware and viruses; there’s not one.

Apple Mac users are starting to enjoy the same type of nonresponse and lackadaisical attitude that Microsoft has been exhibiting for years; exactly how they treat their Windows users. But you have to take into perspective that Windows has been the dominant operating system on the planet for a very long time, therefore that makes it a obvious target of attacks. It was just a matter of time before someone decided that Apple Mac users were not exempt from becoming victims of viruses and malware.

What I found entertaining was the response from Apple in regards to the attacks that are happening to the Mac operating systems. Apple indicated that half of the new Mac users were users that came from Windows, and those Windows users brought bad habits to the Mac; I think this is hilarious.

I can’t believe Apple would actually blame the users for the flaws in the operating system.

Apple should have been acknowledging that their operating system is not flawless and was susceptible to virus and malware infections, and they should have strongly advised their users to install software that would protect them from those kinds of attacks.

You can’t, holistically, sit back and blame the users for their machines getting infected. Yes the users may have visited a website that was not reputable, but the reputation, and responsibility of Mac has been that users would enjoy a safe computing experience— it’s actually nice to know that people are now being shown that the idea of Mac being more secure than any other operating system is pure fallacy.

While Apple enjoys the unrelished attention from this attack of viruses and malware, Microsoft decided a few years ago that they were going to get into the antivirus and anti-malware business and start protecting their operating systems from malicious activity. Microsoft incorporated their user access controls [UAC] and they now offer standard package with Microsoft Security Essentials as a free download for Windows users. With the Windows operating system being under attack for years, there’s lots of options for antivirus and malware protection that’s free.

Now that viruses and malware can affect the Apple operating system, I wonder if more Mac users are going to start screaming for more security improvements, free security applications from Apple; and if Apple does something like that, I really hope they can deploy those new features and security functions, learning from the jagged Microsoft history, to where it doesn’t ruin the users experience with operating system.

So, MAC users; welcome to the club…


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11

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  • Can you provide a link to the Apple response blaming ex-Windows users? I can’t find it.

    For what it’s worth: MacOS X has had security controls equivalent to UAC from its first release. Doing anything that requires administrative privileges requires a fresh interactive authentication even if you’re already logged in as a user with admin rights. What was actually new about the latest Flashback variant was not that it was the first Mac trojan, but rather it was the first one that did not require the user to be tricked into performing that authentication. A common point of contrast between UAC and MacOS X security is that UAC is more granular and paranoid, resulting in more frequent demands for authentication. Some people believe that this leads to users paying less attention to auth requests, but I’m not convinced of that.

    Sadly, the Mac world has been plagued in recent years by AV vendors over-hyping each new species of Mac malware, even ones that no one has seen outside an AV vendor lab. As a result, many Mac users see the AV industry as a bit of a scam. There is no shortage of free Mac AV tools, but there is a justified lack of trust in the people who have most loudly urged their use.

    (and incidentally: it is hard to get Mac users to read past a headline that capitalizes “MAC” as if it is an acronym. )

    • At the bottom of this article http://betanews.com/2012/04/20/as-many-as-100000-

      Apple executives consistently say that half of Mac buyers are Windows users. As both malware outbreaks demonstrate, the same social engineering techniques common to Windows PCs are used. Windows users bring bad habits to the Mac, which Flashback and Mac Defender show can be exploited as easily on Apple computers as Windows PCs. Those habits are deadly for users lulled into a sense of safety and not using anti-malware.

      I thought it was interesting to take that position.


  • GTO

    I really have fun reading your posts ROFLMAO!!!.

  • Seems like Apple is pretty good on blaming others for their mistakes, the Apple response is really hilarious I've never imagine Apple saying those words instead of bringing some sensible answers to people's question regarding the virus attacks
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