Hackers already targeting viruses for Microsoft’s Windows Vista

“Hackers are already working on viruses for Microsoft’s upcoming Vista platform,” Matt Whipp reports for PC Pro. “According to Finnish security experts F-Secure, an Austrian virus writer known as ‘Second Part to Hell’ – from the ‘Ready Rangers Liberation Front’ group – has published his efforts on writing virus code for Vista’s MSH (Microsoft Shell) command line interface, including five viruses… plans for MSH remain unclear. Wininsider reports that the shell might be dropped from the release of Vista, as there was as yet no product scheduled in which it was due to ship, but Microsoft declined to comment further… even if MSH is disabled or removed from Vista on the desktop, it might still make an appearance in server products such as Exchange Server 12. But even here systems such as mail and web servers would still be vulnerable, deployed at the network perimeter.”

Full article here.

“Most security experts had not expected to see a Windows Vista virus so soon, Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer with Helsinki’s F-Secure Corp. said. ‘The only surprise here is that it came so early,’ he said. ‘It’s been eight days since the beta of the operating system was out.” Monad was released several days prior to the Windows Vista beta,'” Robert McMillan reports for IDG News Service.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: According to Apple, there are “close to 16 million Mac OS X users” in the world and there are still zero (0) viruses. According to CNET, the Windows Vista Beta was released “to about 10,000 testers” last week. So much for the security via obscurity myth.

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41 Comments

  1. “theloniousMac points out, at least partly correctly, that in a year there will be many more copies of Windows Vista than there are of OSX.”

    Step,
    This may not necessarily be true. Many, many corporations haven’t even upgraded from Windows2000 to WindowsXP, because they finally got it working well enough that they saw no reason to switch. Case in point: Zeke, who just posted

    “I use Win2000 Service pack 4 at work.”

    [Zeke, I’d be grateful if you could give us some insight as to why your workplace hasn’t upgraded to WinXP]

    Corporations in particular will take a wait-and-see attitude, especially if they have concerns that their entire IT infrastructure might grind to a halt due to the new OS breaking existing applications. And Microsoft will have a hard time convincing them that Vista is so much better than their current systems that they will feel compelled to switch, particularly with announced features being shed like dandruff in order to get the OS out the door.

    Ever watch documentaries of penguins about to go out to sea? Hundreds and hundreds will gather at the edge of the Antarctic ice pack, but no matter how hungry they are, they will not enter the water voluntarily for fear of leopard seals, fierce predators with a taste for penguins. They actually start pushing and jostling those in front until some poor unfortunates fall in. If they bob to the surface pissed but unharmed, the others will follow.

    The point is that, for penguins on the ice pack, being the first to dive in could be fatal. The risks associated with untried technology could be just as fatal to companies, and they will hang back and let others test the waters first.

  2. well… the wittiest thing said by a Windows users was..

    ‘hyuk hyuk.. there are already more Vista users than OS X users..’

    I guess it’s not quite accurate..

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  3. Viridian wrote:
    “The point is that, for penguins on the ice pack, being the first to dive in could be fatal. The risks associated with untried technology could be just as fatal to companies, and they will hang back and let others test the waters first.”

    reminds me of this quote:
    “When skating on thin ice, allow others to take the lead. There is no disgrace in learning from others, particularly when doing so avoids putting yourself in jeopardy.”

  4. Actually, I wonder if someone will invent an OS X virus and partly “blame” doing so on MDN’s malicious “suffer Microsoft Windows” stance on security (in much the same way a kid taunting another kid with “You can’t hurt me, you can’t hurt me” chants is asking to be smashed in the face…)

  5. Step,
    You are misleading in “That in a year there will be many more copies of Windows Vista than there are of OSX.” as you state. MS does not even plan on having Vista released to the public “in a year”. Please post a retraction for your misleading comments.

    The Dude abides.

  6. WOW!

    and they haven´t even released it yet…

    V iruses
    I nfections
    S pyware
    T rojans
    A dware

    ———————————————-
    life is a sexually transmitted disease that causes death
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  7. Now Petey, don’t blame the coders. They don’t make the corporate game plan.

    If I was Billy I would pull 8 to 10 Billion out of the sofa, buy Apple and rename OS X for X86. Problem solved.

  8. re: Now Petey, don’t blame the coders. They don’t make the corporate game plan.

    If I was Billy I would pull 8 to 10 Billion out of the sofa, buy Apple and rename OS X for X86. Problem solved.

    HEHE!

    Excellent idea!

    Lets face it – Microsoft are playing catchup big time!

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