updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri July 14, 2006
Symantec on OS X viruses
Symantec has offered clarification between the terms "virus" and "worm" via a recent blog entry, stating that there are currently no known file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X. Referencing the OSX.Leap. A security threat -- which was declared a virus by various media sources -- Symantec says its security response team had determined that the newly-discovered entity was in fact a worm, not a file-infecting virus. "Our Security Response Web site explains the differences between viruses and worms," Symantec wrote. "Basically, viruses are designed to infect files within a single computer, while worms are designed to spread from one computer to another."