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Symantec questions Mac security

updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon September 19, 2005

Mac security

Echoing the concerns of other analysts, Symantec -- which sells security solutions -- said Mac users are "operating under a ." According to a TechWorld report, the company also said Firefox users will have to recognize that the open-source browser is currently a "greater security risk" than Internet Explorer. Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report, published today, found evidence that attackers are beginning to organize for attacks on the Mac operating system. Researchers also found that over the past six months, nearly twice as many vulnerabilities surfaced in Mozilla browsers as in Explorer. "It is now clear that the Mac OS is increasingly becoming a target for the malicious activity, contrary to popular belief that the Mac OS is immune to traditional security concerns," the report said.




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  1. trevj

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This just in!

    In "unrelated" news, Symantec announces their new suite of Macintosh security software. Meanwhile, plywood manufacturer Weyerhauser has warned of increased hurricane threats across the entire U.S.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well..

    there is always the risk of getting some type of nastyware. but... until i see something that is commonly executed inside Safari and Firefox on the Mac.... I'm still not going to shell out money for antivirus software.

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Moron or Liar?

    Is he just stupid or flat out lying to spread fear uncertainty and doubt about the Mac platform. Obviously Symantec is incompetent on the Mac platform as they were unable to deliver Norton Utilities without crippling bugs.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This also just in!

    MacNN posts anti-Mac FUD in an attempt to...sh*t I have no idea why they post these stories. trevj said it all, darnit! ;)

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Even more just in!

    CNET reports that Microsoft lickspittle Symantec (or Sycophantec) attacks Mozilla as less secure than Internet Exploder! C'mon guys who are you kidding? That feeling at the back of your throat must be Bill's....well I'll leave the rest to your imagination!

    http://news.com.com/Symantec+Mozilla+browsers+more+vulnerable+than+IE/2100-1002_3-5873273.html?part=rss&tag=5873273&subj=news

  1. kupakai

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    test

    I'll like to see what results from this "organized attack on the Mac operating system". We all know that OS X is inherently more secure, but it's never been tested with a real virus. Hopefully, nothing will happen and Symantec can just go away for good.

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What I use...

    Never will use Symantec... They can scare-monger all they want. Used to love Virex.. Back when DataWatch was the developer... but since MacOS X, Virex has become almost as unusable as Symantec's products...

    I use a NAT router, MacOS X 10.4s built-in firewall with Stealth enabled, very aggressive junk mail filtering, ClamXav (updated daily), and Little Snitch.

    I also practice some common sense ... I don't open attachments if I don't know who they're from, or if they seem to be from someone that wouldn't normally be sending me files. I don't visit the millions of p*** and freeware sites that from what I've read re: M$ Strider Honey Monkeys, actively seek to infect WinXP systems via Exploiter... Shrug.

    I'd advise all Mac users to keep vigilant .. but not panic... Keep up on security concerns... I'm hoping the the Security Now podcast will add some MacOS X content in the near future... if people go to www.grc.com and navigate to the Security Now section, there's a place to suggest topics for future podcasts... It'd be good for Mac users to ask for some Mac related content.

    http://www.twit.tv http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

    take care all

    jwd

  1. Gorloth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Perhaps Symantec can

    Perhaps Symantec can write a virus that will attack Mac OS X Safari then their claim can be legitimate.

  1. avfolk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Publicity stunt revealed.

    Has anyone ever tried to remove Norton from a computer? With it's auto-update and hundreds of hidden and jibberish-named files, and self-healing abilities -- NORTON IS A VIRUS. Oh, and forget the fact that they release definitions AFTER they are widely detected... these Symantec people as as credible and useless as the Micro$oft hacks they apologize for... Please ignore SYMANTEC's PATHETIC PUBLICITY STUNT.

  1. Filburt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    NAV vs freedom

    Given the choice of risking my Mac to so-called viruses and spyware, versus running NAV that will corrupt my Mac while slowing it down, I think my Mac is better of being exposed in the wild.

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