DVForge cancels Mac OS X Virus Prize Contest

DVForge’s Mac OS X Virus Prize 2005 contest had a goal: “To lay to rest, once and for all, the myths surrounding the lack of spreading computer virii on the Macintosh OS X operating system, by sponsoring a contest that challenges virus writers to actually prove that they can introduce a harmless virus into two modern OS X Macs.”

That was the goal of a contest announced recently by DVForge, but, due to a variety of influencing factors was cancelled shortly after having been announced.

DVForge has issued a statement about the contest’s cancellation:

“In response to the statements put forth this past week by Symantec Corporation suggesting that Mac users are at substantial risk to infections from viruses, our company crafted and announced a contest that would have paid a $25,000 prize for the successful creation of such a virus,” said Jack Campbell, DVForge, Inc. CEO. “During the first several hours after making the public announcement, I was contacted by a large number of Mac users and Mac software professionals who shared their thinking with me about the contest. A few of these people are extremely well-regarded experts in the field of Mac OS X security. So, I have taken their advice very seriously, and have made the difficult decision to cancel our contest. I have been convinced that the risk of a virus on the OS X platform is not zero, although it is remarkably close to zero. More importantly, I have been convinced that there may be legality issues stemming from such a contest, beyond those determined by our own legal counsel, prior to announcing the contest. So, despite my personal distaste for what some companies have done to take advantage of virus fears among the Mac community, and my own inclination to make a bold statement in response to those fears, I have no responsible choice but to retract the contest, effective immediately.”

DVForge’s contest page also conatins the text: “Liability Statement: We do not endorse the creation or distribution of computer viruses. U.S. and international law, as well as simple good judgment forbid the transmission of computer viruses.”

Former contest page here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Mac OS X Virus Prize 2005 offers $25,000 cash prize to person who can create first Mac OS X virus – March 26, 2005


  1. Can you say Publicity Stunt? Is this another example of Mac-baiting by people who want hits to their websites? Probably.

    Either way, I am left with a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t enjoy being played and I don’t think anyone else does either. I won’t be buying a DVforge product now or in the near future.

  2. I’m thinking he may have gotten a few calls from Apple. Although Mac OS X is a secure OS, Apple might prefer NOT to have such publicity around this close to the launch of Tiger.

  3. The whole thing was a scam. That guy had no intention of ever paying that money to anyone even if they beat his challenge.

    What was he imprisoned for in the past Capt. Obvious?

  4. Sometimes I think that MDN increases the legitimacy of questionable stories by treating them like actual news items.

    Perhaps the headline should have read “Convicted Felon and Serial Con Artist Jack Cambpell’s DVForge offers $25,000 cash prize to person who can create first Mac OS X virus.”

  5. Symantec Corporation is full of SH*T,

    If you go carefully over their supposed exploits, a lot of it has nothing to do with Mac OS X, but with software used in the interent made by other comapnies.

    So is now Apple supposed to fix the internet?

    Symantec is getting off the Mac platform by Tiger, this their “going away FUD” for Steve Jobs making a rock solid OS.

    With M$ even incorproating anti-virus and anti-spyware in Windows, these companies are very bitter.


  6. Jack Campbell is the biggest horse’s *ss in the technology business. He is a con artist, pure and simple. Do a quick Google search on his name — it’s very enlightening.

    Magic word: “through” — as in, “Jack, we all see right through your lies.”

  7. Jack Campbell has been known to have less than desirable business morals. Recently he said he admired the Luxpro shuffle knock off stunt. Either he is an incredibly stupid egomaniac vicariously feeling superior through Apple or this is his own version of the Luxpro stunt.

    Either way, I hope that his little stunt will end up in him shooting himself in the foot and losing sales but it probably won’t. What was that old saying? “There is no such thing as bad publicity”?

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