Skip to comments.Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response
Posted on 05/01/2012 1:39:35 PM PDT by TheBattman
In one of those great ironies of technology, an increased incidence of malware is a sign that your product has been a success in the market.
Apples been astonishingly successful with its Mac hardware in recent years. The dark side of that success is the attention theyve begun to attract from online criminals.
Apple and its customers got a hint of what was in store with last years Mac Defender outbreak. This year, a much larger and more disturbing outbreak has infected more than 600,000 Macs with a piece of malware called Flashback.The entire Flashback episode has in fact exposed Apples security weak spots.
Eugene Kaspersky last week argued that Apple is ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security.
Those arent just self-serving statements from a company that sells security software. Kasperskys argument didnt even mention antivirus solutions. Instead, he said, Apples security efforts have been slow, reactive, and generally ineffective:
We now expect to see more and more because cyber criminals learn from success and this was the first successful one. [Apple] will understand very soon that they have the same problems Microsoft had ten or 12 years ago. They will have to make changes in terms of the cycle of updates and so on and will be forced to invest more into their security audits for the software. Thats what Microsoft did in the past after so many incidents like Blaster and the more complicated worms that infected millions of computers in a short time. They had to do a lot of work to check the code to find mistakes and vulnerabilities. Now its time for Apple [to do that].
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Just pinging you to an article with a bunch of repeated bunk, speculation, and inflammatory statements.
This writer is even still quoting the heavily debunked “600,000 Macs infected” line. Figured you would want to add your 2 cents worth.
Impossible! Macs don’t get viruses!!!
On the other hand, I have YET to find anyone who has been legitimately been infected with the Flashback Trojan since this kerfluffle has been in the news!
If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.
No but it seems to be impossible to actually find a Mac user that has one. Feel free to have all of them you can find, post their experience here. I have found a few PC bug attached to eMail that infected PC users send me, but never anything else.
Virus protection software companies have an interest in spreading fear, because it helps sell software and Mac people being dumb as a box of rocks, usually pay for software instead of stealing it like some users of other systems might. Twenty seven years virus free, make the same claim if you can.
Why I never! I'll have you know, I don't do the sorts of things that people catch viruses from!
As they get more popular you will see more malware made to attack them.
While I learned my lesson long ago to never say "never", I have yet to see a virus or trojan, or other malware on any of my Macs since I first installed OS X (late 2001).
I have antivirus installed for the purpose of manually scanning files I open in a Windows virtual environment. I'm still waiting for compelling reasons to actually "run" antivirus software to protect my Macs.
As they get more popular you will see more malware made to attack them.”
Where is the “aww geez, not that crap again” guy when ya need him?
Well, I actually just posted my original comment just to twist some tails (it worked!), because actually, I really don’t care about Mac vs. PC. As long as I can turn it on and get to Free Republic and play Civilization IV, I’m pretty content.
However, I seriously doubt that Mac is “immune” to viruses. Nothing is immune to viruses. From what I’ve heard, the main reason there are hardly any viruses for Macs is because of the relatively small percentage of the computing population that uses Macs. More damage to be done attacking the huge number of MS and PC users.
Nice dodge. Obviously you can't make the claim.
In all fairness - I am posting this as a form of defense against the “Apple fan boi” insults.
Now - I still see no empirical data.
We've been hearing that Tired old meme for over twelve years. When is it going to happen. I'm STILL LOOKING for a single infected member of this Flasback botnet! I haven't found one yet. . . and it's been over six weeks of looking!
There are no self installing, self transmitting, self replicating computer viruses for Apple Mac OSX. The "Security by Obscurity" canard has been shot down too many times to repeat the entire argument in its entirety. Suffice it to say that the Witty Worm was written to target a mere 12,000 vulnerable computers five years ago and when released into the wild, all 12,000 of them were infected within 45 minutes! There are now over 75,000,000 unprotected OSX Macs in the wild and no one has written a successful self-transmitting, self-installing, self-executing virus. Not one... In twelve years of trying. There are no viable vectors!
There are about 25 viable Trojans out in the wild, but the OS itself will warn you if you try to download, install, or attempt to execute one of them.
Apple Macs are approaching 18% of the installed base of PCs in the US, are over 30% in California, and 10% in the World... So exactly what IS the magic percentage where the bad guys will suddenly realize they can make more money attacking Macs than they can attacking those 12,000 PCs that were vulnerable to the Witty Worm?
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