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4:36 pm on Mar 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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[computerweekly.com...]

Apple Macintosh peripherals maker DVForge has cancelled a $25,000 (13,900) challenge to hackers to write a virus against the Mac operating system after being warned by Apple it could encourage real attacks on users.

Doh!

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Doh! indeed. Just what need a reason for hackers to care about Macs....
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unleash a new tide of attacks on the Mac

Now that's good FUD. A good one-sided article implying this is all about Apple's fear that the contest will show their OS is as insecure as the other guys, and ignoring the important legal reasons behind DV's recision.

But the message is getting out there. Yahoo picked up Peter Cohen's more complete article [news.yahoo.com] on the subject.

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;) Symantic would have loved it. And I bet people are still contacting the co. asking if it can be done privately.... ;) I bet it is....
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There are none so blind as as those who will not see ... and none so stupid as to invite an operating system attack!
6:57 pm on Mar 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Mac AntiVirus software does not work well. I've tested all of them. What they do pretty well is monitor for word macro viruses (heh) that really only effect PCs and spread through PCs, but there was one a while back that worked on both. But more and more there are backdoors and trojans coming up, funny many of these AV vendors dont detect em ;)
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Mac AntiVirus software does not work well

Kind of impossible for the software to work well when there isn't yet a "virus" to "anti" in OS X. I suppose they should call it "Microsoft Office protector" if they wanted to be truthful in their marketing.

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Yea but despite the FUD I think Mac users are too complacent about security. A system is only as secure as the user running it.

Btw, the reason the contest was dropped was apparently the host could have found himself in legal hot water... promoting hacking or something along those lines.

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I love my macs, makes my day soo much more entertaining since I use them support Microsoft networks. But even I have to admit, like any tool, they are only as good as the carbon based interfaces they are occasionally being tormented with.
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I think Mac users are too complacent about security.

That's certainly true. Some Mac users I know have no passwords on their computers even though they are connected to the internet full-time (and have an Airport network with no password). Then they download all sorts of programs from P2P sites and install them administrator rights. They think all that's safe just because "there are no Mac viruses."

Unfortunately, a lot of the articles being published are based on PR from software companies trying to scare people into buying their wares, and by firms invested in the Windows architecture who are implying a "tide" of Mac viruses will show up five minutes after you switch platforms.

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EliteWeb: Are you saying that you have run into backdoors and trojans that affect Macs?

But more and more there are backdoors and trojans coming up