Dvorak: Why Mac ‘virus’ is good for Apple and Mac users

“What is believed to be the first Macintosh OS X-targeted virus was found in the wild last week, and by Tuesday at least three variants had been reported,” John C. Dvorak writes for MarketWatch. “While this will probably affect few users, it does mean the Macintosh is vulnerable. But how vulnerable, really? The answer is that we don’t know, yet. Counterintuitive as this may sound, I see it as good news for Mac users, since any vulnerability will mean that the operating system, and its users, can grow more hardened to the reality of these threats.”

“It will be interesting to see how far this gets. There are a lot of people who would like to see the robustness of the OS X operating system tested under full-on, malicious, real-world attacks,” Dvorak writes. “Which is part of why this is actually good news for Mac users and the computer community at large. It’s good news for Mac users because now security holes will be fixed early, and users will learn to become aware of these things. It’s a little bit like getting the mumps. You do not want to get this ailment as an adult. It’s also good for the computer-using community at large, since it will take some pressure off of the PC platform — at least until the new Vista operating system from Microsoft arrives and provides fresh meat for the malware coders. When and if these Mac attacks come to an end, we’ll also have a much better handle on how superior (if at all) the Mac OS really is. So congratulations, Apple.”

Full article here.

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Related articles:
Wired News: ‘Mac attack a load of crap’ – February 22, 2006
Report: Apple developing fix for automatic execution of shell scripts – February 21, 2006
Ars Technica: Fears over new Mac OS X ‘Leap-A’ trojan pointless – February 20, 2006
Datamonitor: ‘Mac OS is just as vulnerable to malware as Windows’ – February 20, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution asks: Is ‘Mac virus’ all just propaganda from Mac haters? – February 20, 2006


  1. MD News article: “Why a punch in Dvorak’s face would be good for Apple”

    How do these guys get to be “experts”? I seriously wonder about what it takes to become a “journalist” now, or rather, what it doesn’t take to become a journalist. Things like integrity, and checking facts seem to have gone away.

    Denny Crane!

  2. New Headline: Dvorak writes tripe, no one responds, is fired.

    Why are we even discussing him, sheesh, between the FUD and the back handed “compliments” he’d be fired anywhere else. Only the media would reward him.

    I’m making a resolution to avoid this guy and any article that mentions him or any of the other jerks who do this FUD journalism.

    MDN – hope, as in I hope we could have real news without the jerks getting involved.

  3. As one who recently realized their Mac was more or less naked to the internet (router set to let Mac directly access the internet) for many months I can’t say I too worried. Did have the Mac firewall enabled but not set to be invisible on the net. A glance at the log showed pretty much continuous attempts to access the machine but no winners to report.

    While I changed it immediately to correct the issue I didn’t really feel I needed to, and that’s the real difference to me in piece of mind.

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