Symantec’s Mac OS X claims dismissed as nonsense, FUD

“Symantec’s claim that Apple’s OS X will soon attract more attention from hackers has been dismissed as nonsense, and worse,” Dan Ilett writes for ZDNet UK. “Symantec has sparked outrage by claiming on Monday that the operating system OS X was set to come under increased hacking and malware attacks. In its Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec said that Apple’s userbase was more likely to come under attack, citing Apple’s growing market share and the 37 vulnerabilities that were found in OS X last year — a trend it hinted would continue.”

“But ZDNet UK readers have rebutted Symantec’s claims in a series of angry responses, saying the security company was using marketing tactics of fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to fuel its sales,” Ilett writes. “‘What a load of FUD,’ said one anonymous IT manager. ‘Anyone with the smallest sense of knowledge about any of these operating systems knows that the biggest issue with Windows security is the basic design flaws that it keeps dragging on from its past eras, to ensure compatibility.'”

Full article here.

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Symantec warns about Mac OS X security threat – March 21, 2005

38 Comments

  1. Considering how quickly Apple plugs any holes, they have good reason to be loyal adherents to the Mac platform. On the other had those from the Windows aisle are very quick to derisively dimiss Mac users as sychophants for promptly pointing out inaccuracies in reporting. (I suppose so that they have more time to plug the gaping holes in Windows ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” /> )

  2. I don’t doubt that the Mac will draw more attention from hackers – but it is one thing to “attack” a system, and quite another to have your attack be successful. Because of the way the Mac OS is designed I don’t think hackers will be much more successful than they have already been.

  3. As Apple increases its market share, we’re going to see a lot more of this.
    There are an awful lot of people out there whose livelihoods depends on patching up Windows in one way or another.

    People whose livelihoods are threatened get nasty.

  4. Macs did have bigger marketshare previously – and in the more vulnerable OS 9 and earlier, yet they didn’t get much attention from hackers and virus writers then. So why now Symantec? If marketshare is the key, why now, when they have even less than previously? Just because it’s growing? But it’s still less.

  5. There were 37 vulnerabilities. Let’s reiterate: VULNERABILITIES. The truth: Mac is more secure than Windows. The truth you are all missing: Mac can still have vulnerabilities.

    You’re right, we will never be plagued by the millions of viruses and malware that Windows users are. But to claim that we will never be plagued by ANY is WRONG. The vulnerabilities are fewer (so there will be fewer attacks), but they will come…

    Symantec isn’t wrong. They’re just exaggerating.

  6. “Beeble, face it, even with 90% market share, there will never be a Code Red, Melissa, or I Love You virus for OS X.”

    We’ll see. Most malware on the PC relies on naive users opening e-mail attachments. Viruses are spread because of the massive interconnectivity of PCs to each other, something Mac just doesn’t have yet. You could say that the tiny Mac marketshare is a built-in firewall for Mac users. If that changes in any substantial way, then not only will Mac’s high profile attract more malware authors, but the interconnectivity from one Mac to the other will also increase.

    That’s just a reality of modern computing. But the more Mac sycophants continue to insist that such a scenario is virtually impossible, the more Mac users will be vulnerable to attack.

  7. An interesting quote from Symantec in the mentioned article:

    “We’ve found that one of the recent emerging security concerns is around Mac OS X. No Internet user, regardless of which operating system they use, is 100 percent immune from attack. People should not be scared, but they should make sure they are secure.”

    But it seems that Symantec isn’t concerned enough to let anybody know what it is.

    But I’m sure their product will plug the hole!… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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