Lots going on this week, with me gathering up news from all corners. But when I see something as hilarious as this, I have to post it ASAP. It's one of the infamous slide show articles over at eWeek. What is hilarious is that it says nothing that wasn't shouted to the rafters in 2005 by Symantec when they were trying to prop up their worst-in-class anti-malware application for Mac OS X. What I am posting here is verbatim. I did NOT add any capitals. The SHOUTING is all their's:
Security: Mac Malware Attacks Prompt Security Vendors to Rush Out Antivirus Tools
By Fahmida Y. Rashid on 2010-11-12OMFG! MAC USERS ARE ALL GONNA DIE!
SECURITY VENDORS ARE SAYING THAT ATTACKS ON THE MAC ARE NOW SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH THAT APPLE USERS SHOULD INVEST IN ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR WHAT WAS ONCE THE "INVULNERABLE" PLATFORM. WITH KOOBFACE VARIANT BOONANA FRESH IN PEOPLE'S MINDS, THE CONCEPT OF A VIRUS ATTACKING MACS SEEMS LESS LAUGHABLE THAN IT DID EVEN TWO YEARS AGO. "MAC USERS MUST REMEMBER THAT LESS TARGETED IS NOT THE SAME AS INVULNERABLE," SAID RICHARD WANG, MANAGER OF SOPHOSLABS. THE THREAT IS STILL NOT THAT PREVALENT, WITH ONLY "ONE TO TWO" ATTACKS ON MACS EACH WEEK, COMPARED WITH THE "TENS OF THOUSANDS" PER DAY AGAINST WINDOWS PCS. MAC OS X HAS ONLY 10.6 PERCENT MARKET SHARE IN THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO IDC AND GARTNER, BUT THE DAY HACKERS WILL FIND THE PLATFORM WORTH TARGETING IS NOT FAR OFF, VENDORS SAID. MAC ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE IS NOT NEW, BUT IT USED TO HAVE A BAD REPUTATION FOR BEING RESOURCE-HUNGRY AND INCONVENIENT. THAT'S SOON TO CHANGE AS VENDORS RELEASE NEW MAC ANTIVIRUS TOOLS THAT ARE QUITE UNOBTRUSIVE. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM...
My usual point: NEVER has anyone but trolls said Mac OS X was "invulnerable" or anything similar. It's a propaganda trick: Make up a nasty, indicting quote with no attribution provided. Yes, Fahmida Y. Rashid of eWeek and Richard Wang of Sophos are acting like assholes. But this trick has been pulled countless times. Therefore, they're acting like unoriginal assholes. Just laugh.
I could do my usual lecture about the insane nature of the 'Security Through Obscurity' myth. If you care, go back a few years in my posts. Just know that Windows has over 1000x more malware than Mac OS X on a per user basis, which blows the stupid myth off the planet. Such silliness. But that's what happens when Marketing Morons get desperate to sell Sell SELL!