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OS X worms \"good news\" for Mac users

updated 05:10 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2006

Dvorak on Mac OS X virus

Musing on the recent reports on new Mac OS X-specific worms, tech pundit John Dvorak says that the threats are good news for Mac users. "Counterintuitive as this may sound, I see it as good news for Mac users, since any vulnerability will mean that the operating system, and its users, can grow more hardened to the reality of these threats." Dvorak cited the fact that Panda Software registered more than 46,000 new viruses and other threats in 2005, and that only one-tenth of these new threats are fully understood, according to MarketWatch. "The sudden appearance of malicious code for computers made by Apple is likely to spark the resumption of a strange competition within the malware-coding community to get attention in the newspaper," Dvorak added. "Make no mistake; that's what all this is really about: bragging rights in an underworld of introverted hobbyists out to amaze their strange community of nebulous friends." Dvorak believes that Mac OS X is better off being hardened early in its life, rather than later, and mentioned his thoughts on the future. "It's also good for the computer-using community at large, since it will take some pressure off of the PC platform, at least until the new Vista operating system from Microsoft arrives and provides fresh meat for the malware coders."




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  1. Voch

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yay!

    More Dvorak hype!

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon. Dvorak is a curmudgeon.

  1. ludachrs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ha Ha Ha

    5 major revisions, and 5 years and we have a worm you have to seek out, download double click on for it to have any effect. Which only in certain instances will do anything at all.

    By the way soon Apple will be out of business and we won't have to worry about Viruses anyway.

    LOL Dvorak = Idiot

  1. javiercr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    again

    why do sites like this keep caring about this guy's opinions...because peple like me write comments about it and generate more traffic i guess.

  1. JSD303

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ignorant

    If he honestly thinks that these viruses and malware are around only because of bragging rights, then he's completely ignorant. It's ALWAYS about the money. These guys are getting paid to use other computer resources to send out Viagra ads or collect data from users. The companies can either pay for bandwidth and servers to send their ads or they can pay some a-hole to send the message from thousands of hijacked machines... hmmm I wonder why they keep making these viruses... bizarre... must be all the bragging rights that the get from the introverted hobbyists... What an genius Dvorak is...

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    decomposer

    Of course there was Dvorak the composer...but this idiot...let's call him the "Decomposer" and the sooner he does, the better.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What an idiot...

    It's good news for Mac users because these pathetic excuses for "viruses" or so-called "concept worms" is the best the "malware-coding community" can do against Mac OS X. And did Dvorak actually can them a "community"? THAT is proof that Mac OS X is much more secure than Windows. What "bragging rights" could their be in designing a piece of malware that requires the user give permission to do its thing? I could probably create an Applescript that does the same thing...

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    idiot

    Why does anyone care what he says? Ignore him. He wants the publicity. Don't link to any of his articles and don't even write about him.

  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    DO NOT CLICK THE LINK

    Don't click the link. Dvorak is trolling to get hits. Visiting his page feeds his ego.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    dorkvak!

    The fact that all of these 'concept malwares' on the Mac OS X platform have been coded by anti-virus companies 'to make a point' complete eludes him, as does the fact that on the CP platform, virii and malware are entirely about $$$ of comandeering computing resources from unsuspecting users, in order to send out more spam.

    Clearly, dorkvak is WAY out of touch with the field he claims to be familiar with. Why does his editor still keep him employed, instead of firing his a** (as it should be)? Because plenty of people click on his links. I didn't.

    Don't be a dorkvak, don't read his stuff, or give him traffic.

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