“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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