Apple has a Bug!

TR

Distinguished
Apr 1, 2004
142
0
18,680
0
Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

Saw on the news last night that there is a new virus/bug going around
that is specifically for Apple machines. They didn't get into detail
much about it, just reported that it was out there. Hummmm, just
last month a client that uses Apples was prodding me about the fact
that he doesn't have to waste all his time like I do trying to guard
myself against all these little nasties out there for PC's.

I'm surprised it hasn't happen long before now knowing that these hot
shot coders can turn out virii with little effort.

Regards,
TR
 

Michael

Distinguished
Dec 31, 2007
1,319
0
19,280
0
Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

Except it really isn't a virus (it does nothing and it can't be spread) but
a failed effort by an unethical software company (Intego) to create the
possibility of a virus and then use it to sell their anti-virus software.

See
http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,63000,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

"They gave the impression that this is a threat, but it isn't," said Dave
Schroeder, a systems engineer with the University of Wisconsin. "It is a
benign proof of concept that was posted to a newsgroup. It isn't in the
wild, and can't be spread in the wild. It's a non-issue."
"They are spreading FUD to sell their software," said Ryan Kaldari, a
programmer from Nashville, Tennessee, referring to the shorthand for fear,
uncertainty and doubt.

Rob Rosenberger of Vmyths said he'd seen virus hype many, many times, and if
antivirus companies put out alarmist press releases, it's for one of two
reasons: "Either they're delusional or they're trying to own the hysteria,"
he said. "This has been going on for 16 years now."

Michael

"TR" <_@_> wrote in message
news:rnhh70h7dtcmom9ftmhc2gjigh15a32i1u@4ax.com...
> Saw on the news last night that there is a new virus/bug going around
> that is specifically for Apple machines. They didn't get into detail
> much about it, just reported that it was out there. Hummmm, just
> last month a client that uses Apples was prodding me about the fact
> that he doesn't have to waste all his time like I do trying to guard
> myself against all these little nasties out there for PC's.
>
> I'm surprised it hasn't happen long before now knowing that these hot
> shot coders can turn out virii with little effort.
>
> Regards,
> TR
 

TR

Distinguished
Apr 1, 2004
142
0
18,680
0
Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

On Sun, 11 Apr 2004 14:27:03 GMT, "Michael"
<micvogREMOVE@MEhotmail.com> wrote:

>Except it really isn't a virus (it does nothing and it can't be spread) but
>a failed effort by an unethical software company (Intego) to create the
>possibility of a virus and then use it to sell their anti-virus software.

Hummmm.... Werwy Intowesting! I always wondered if people like
Norton/Symantec was doing the same on the PC side to push sales of
their products. I guess anything ios possible out here in the
wastelands called internet.

Thanks for the info Michael

Regards,
TR
 
G

Guest

Guest
Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

I think at one time antivirus vendors did a lot of virus spreading so
as to create their own demand. But I don't think it goes on anymore
because most viruses are exploiters of Office weaknesses and because
so many people are out there doing them, and also because as they've
become big corporate entities it becomes a lot more difficult to pull.
I wouldn't be surprised to find individual employees of antivirus
products, acting wholly independently, cranking a good one out for
their own career's benefit occasionally.

Even if you have to run M$ Windows on the desktop, you can reduce
problems substantially by running an application besides Office and by
using a good hardware firewall, preferably running commercial Unix
(Sun SPARCstations are cheap now).
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
B Prebuilt & Enterprise 3

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS