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"600,000 macs infected with botnet malware"

Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by ExtraRefined, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. ExtraRefined

    ExtraRefined Better than you at everything you love

  2. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Missing Llama

    Well, they wouldn't have any reason to make that up would they?
  3. Kanda

    Kanda Nosh Wagon

    except it's not just as vulnerable as windows is it? ;)
  4. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    they're not invulnerable. who made that claim?
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  5. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Missing Llama

    Pesky "fanbois" apparently. Fans of French woods, I'd imagine.
    Libertad and Mr Moose like this.
  6. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet ammonia snooker balls

    Lol advocacy troll thread
  7. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    It's not malware, it's called "iTunes".
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  8. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

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  9. joustmaster

    joustmaster not a racist

    its still wrong though
    thats like me saying the reason i don't have cat aids is because of my special condoms
  10. ExtraRefined

    ExtraRefined Better than you at everything you love

    "Cleverly worded" gives them too much credit. Mac OS 9 had shit security, and isn't vulnerable to Windows viruses for the same reason OS X isn't; because it doesn't run windows binaries. It's completely dishonest.
  11. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    This was an inevitability. Macs had less malware due to being unpopular. Now there are more of them, therefore more malware. Time for better OSX AV software.
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  12. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Indeed, but with Apple traditionally promoting the impression that Macs were invulnerable to malware and viruses and I imagine a few folks may get a wake up call soon.

  13. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Missing Llama

    If they're still watching adverts dating from before the iPhone was launched, they probably have other things to worry about, like what this MySpace craze is all about and where they can sign up to AOL....
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  14. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Me FreeBSD box is still looking rock solid though!
  15. ExtraRefined

    ExtraRefined Better than you at everything you love

    FreeBSD is dying. Netcraft confirms it.
  16. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    If anyone relies on their computer and network privacy based soley on the OS they use then they're clearly a fucking idiot.

    *stated by a mac user
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  17. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Don't actually run one, just thought it seemed the sort of comment the thread needed.
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  18. joustmaster

    joustmaster not a racist

    did you two not post these same post on another thread last year?
  19. Wolveryeti

    Wolveryeti vole-primping badman

    roflcopter
  20. EastEnder

    EastEnder Brixton Barnacle

    Some of my best friends use Macs...:mad:
  21. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Missing Llama

    FreeBSD is a very fine OS; also doesn't suffer from "PC Viruses"

    Urban75 - brought to you by the word "Free" and the letters "B","S" and "D"
  22. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    OpenBSD was the really security-minded flavour as I recall, get cracking on that LL
  23. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    People that don't like Apple claim it more than any Mac owner I've ever known. Apple look like they say they are less likely to get them etc...
  24. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    The odd thing about the trojan is that it aborts if it finds little snitch or a handful of antivirus programs installed (fair enough) but also if it finds Office 2008/2011 or Skype installed which is odd.
  25. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    Oh, OK, here's one that went out a year after the iPhone was released:



    Apple's current webpage still claims that a "Mac isn't susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers," btw.
  26. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    ^^ To be fair they're not.
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  27. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    It appears to be all down to Apple's slowness to provide timely patches:
    More: http://blogs.computerworld.com/19989/biggest_apple_botnet_discovered_600k_macs_infected?ua
  28. editor

    editor Like an ultra left hatboy on heat

    It's a twisty bit of word spinning though, sending out an entirely false message.
  29. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    It's the world of advertising "may help lower your cholesterol" not will.Apple dropped the ball by not updating Java quickly enough.It is however true there are no virus's for OSX in the wild, there have been a couple of "proof of concepts".
  30. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    That's the issue here, they should have reacted faster, all this guff about their website wordings is a distraction from that critical point.

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