Enderle: Security vendors see Apple as next big opportunity

“It’s no coincidence that not long after security vendors began beating the drum about possible exploits of the Mac OS X operating system, unpatched flaws were uncovered, an analyst has suggested,” Gregg Keizer writes for TechWeb. “Rob Enderle, principal at the Enderle Group, reacted to the recent news of a pair of worms aimed at Mac OS X and a zero-day vulnerability of Apple’s operating system with accusations that the security industry hypes the danger in order to sell more security software. ‘The job of security companies is to make the Apple platform look insecure,’ said Enderle. ‘They’re now convinced that Apple is their next big revenue opportunity.'”

Keizer writes, “According to Enderle, that’s what’s behind recent security alerts and warnings, first for a pair of worms — which Apple argued weren’t worms at all — then for an unpatched vulnerability that could let attackers hijack Macs. ‘I’m not implying that there is collusion between security companies and hackers,’ said Enderle, ‘but security companies only make money if there are security exposures.’ But he did claim that there was a connection between vulnerability disclosures and exploits, that the cause of the second was actually the first. ‘By telling people about an exposure, you’re telling someone else how to [exploit] it. I think security companies should spend more time catching criminals than telling them how to become one.'”

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  1. Surely the police are working to find the source of viruses since they’re an illegal activity. If a virus spreads to millions of computers it would be hard to find the source code writer.

    But since these MacOS viruses have not been found in the wild, shouldn’t the police be investigating the security firms to discover where THEY sourced the viruses? I am not suggesting they wrote the viruses, but they must be close to the people who did.

    MW: ‘money’ – I must be hard of hearing since I’ve never heard my money talk, maybe its to lonely!

  2. I think the question you need to ask is would Symantec/Sophos/Intego et al. ever proclaim the world is safe and there is no need for them to exist so they’re shutting up shop and merging to create a new iPod killer.

    I don’t think they’ll ever say that, hence why there will always be bad guys (AV companies) pretending to be good guys.

  3. The virus security community drive the production of virii and ramp up the fear of attacks.

    Keep using common sense and you’ll avoid 99.9% of all problems. The 0.1% Apple will patch swiftly.

    I am a PeeCee user moving to Mac and have absolutely no intention of purchasing anti-virus software from any of the leeching security companies.

    I have no evidence but I have long held the belief that the security companies develop
    proof of concepts for Nigel no-fiends to develop into a virus and send into the wild.

    These recent attacks may have dented the OSX is immune theory but its an order of magnitude more secure than Windows. Which is enough for me….

  4. A modern, full-featured OS is an incredibly complex thing. The fact that OS X now installs off of a DVD ought to tell you something about how complex it is. Any OS is going to have security holes and audit teams are going to find potential exploits in any OS.

    The difference between Mac OS and Windows is that OS X was (1) based upon UNIX and (2) designed to be secure on a network. Windows XP is a kludge of the worst kind and has been patched after the fact in an attempt to make it more secure.

    Spammers and scammers are in it for the money and could care less where their money comes from. Since few, if any, of them know about how to exploit OS X and there are very few easy holes, we have been largely been left alone. If they could, they would.

    The danger to Mac users, if it ever comes, will be from a third party application. Since so many applications now use network services, the potential is greatest there. Kind of a weakest link thing. Mac users should not be living in a Fool’s Paradise, but should use wise basic security practices.

  5. Thats why iNever pay attention to this crap. The bottom line is that for any virus to b worth a damn on the Mac, it has to get past the administrator’s permission. Which if u permit it to do so, u’r a dumb @$$, & deserve to b infected.

    If a virus manages to exploit a vulnerability, well Apple is very good about releasing updates to address these things.

  6. What if Windows notified you every time it was asked to change the registry, and then required you to manually enter an admin password to do so? How many successful pieces of malware would exist? Well, that’s exactly what you get with OS X. Need I say more?

    Me, I’m never buying another Symantec/Norton product of any kind. In the immortal words of my dear departed granddad, they can “go pi$$ up a rope!”

  7. ‘The job of security companies is to make the Apple platform look insecure,’ said Enderle. ‘They’re now convinced that Apple is their next big revenue opportunity.'”

    NO, NO, NO…I can’t agree with this Jack-Ass. Damn you Enderlee.

  8. “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while..”

    Nice MDN.

    I have to say when i read this article, that perhaps Enderle had bumped into Thurrott… where some positive Apple vibes got rubbed off onto him.

    Funny old world we live in.

  9. Enderlie may be a tool but he is a marketing consultant. He does know marketing. It’s no surprise he’s right about the new Mac OS X malware.

    He’s also convinced the massive iPod success is mostly due to Apple’s iPod advertising campaign. He’s telling that to anyone who will listen. He has single handedly put back the iPod competition a couple of years.

    The iPod/iTunes/iTMS combo is the reason for iPod’s success. Match that and the world will beat a path to Creative’s door. The iPod competition is just getting this now. You need a competative product before you need a marketing campaign.

    Thanks for everything Enderlie.

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