“Symantec has attacked the perceived security advantages of Firefox and Apple Macs by drawing unfavourable comparisons with Microsoft’s software and describing Mac fans as living in a ‘false paradise,'” John Leyden reports for The Register.
MacDailyNews Note: We’ve already commented on the Mac aspect of the Symantec report on Friday, September 9th: ZDNet Australia publishes latest Mac OS X security FUD article
Leyden continues, “Malicious code threats to privacy and confidentiality increased rapidly in the first six months of 2005 – up 48 per cent on the back half of 2004. Virus writers upped their production lines to release 10,866 new Windows virus and worm variants in the first six months of this year, Symantec reports… Malware that exposes confidential user information represented three-quarters (74 per cent) of the top 50 malicious code samples received by Symantec. Seven of the top 50 were linked to the creation of botnets. Websites that specialise in distributing source code and tools for malicious bots and botnets helped fuel the creation of multiple copies of Spybot with 6,361 new variants of the malware created in the first half of 2005, a 48 per cent increase over the 4,288 new variants documented in the second half of 2004.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: If 2005 virus and worm outbreaks were football (soccer) goals, Microsoft Windows would be “winning” 10,866 to Apple Mac OS X’s 0 (zero) at half time. An insurmountable deficit, to be sure. By the way, Symantec’s credibility with Mac users is also 0 (zero). They would still like to sell you anti-virus packages though, but, no, sorry, they don’t cost $0 (zero). So, there you have it: Windows racks up tens of thousands of viruses, worms, and other assorted malware during the first half of 2005 to accompany their already-existing hundred thousand+ catalog of “Greatest Windows Malware Hits,” Apple’s Mac OS X still has 0 (zero), but Symantec wants to makes sure you buy their Mac anti-virus software anyway.
What will Symantec do for an encore? Will they attempt to sell ski parkas to Singaporeans after first issuing press releases that accuse them of ignorantly living in a “false paradise” and ignoring the massive potential for snow?
Mac OS X users understand the need for Mac anti-virus software: To identify and remove harmless-to-Macs, harmful-to-Windows malware in order to be good network citizens. And to be ready, just in case. Mac OS X users are not complacent, just unaffected to date – for over five years and counting.
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