ZDNet: How many Mac OS X users affected by the last 100 viruses?  None, zero, not one, not ever

“The last seven days have been, well, quite a week -at least for cheerful ‘I told you so’s.’ Most visibly, Windows 2000 users had a problem,” Paul Murphy writes for ZDNet. Here’s a bit from Daniel J. Chacón’s write up in yesterday’s San Diego Union-Tribune:

An Internet worm that crashed computer systems nationwide wreaked havoc on the county government’s network yesterday, shutting down 12,000 desktops and forcing thousands of employees to work the old-fashioned way: manually.

Yesterday’s crash marked the third time in recent weeks that significant computer problems have affected county government.
On July 21, hackers tapped into two computers at the County Employees Retirement Association. The computers contained workers’ names, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of birth. The breach exposed about 33,000 current and retired county government employees to potential identity theft, though no one has reported being victimised.

A computer virus penetrated the association’s computers last week and forced officials to disconnect e-mail and Internet access Friday.

Brian White, the association’s chief executive officer, said e-mail was back up last night and Internet access was expected to be restored by the end of today.

“There is absolutely no fool-proof methodology to stop yourself from these hacker attacks or viruses,” he said. “But what we are working toward is making sure that we have some different layers of security to minimise any potential.” Full article here.

Murphy writes, “Well, actually, yes there is. World wide, how many Sun Ray users have been shut down, ever, because of virus or worm attacks? That’s none, zero, not one, not ever. And do you know how many Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris users were affected by the last one hundred internet worms and or viruses to make the rounds? That’s right again, none. You know what’s worst about this? Microsoft causes it, and wins big. They release security vulnerability information, some people take advantage of this to launch world wide service disruptions, and a lot of people still using Windows 2000 suddenly get a strong urge to pay for upgrades.”

Full article, complete with user “Talkback” comments here.

MacDailyNews Take: For our Windows-only friends: If you’re considering adding a safe, powerful, elegant, and fun Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal, information about how to do so smoothly, can be found here. For inexpensive entry to the Mac platform, you might want to take a look at Apple’s new Mac mini which starts at just US$499 — it just might be the perfect machine for you.

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