‘Mac security’ garbage reports continue to proliferate

“Mac users are facing an onslaught of security threats — and reacting to the malware is no longer considered a good strategy Taking proactive measures against phishers, spyware, ID thieves and other Web threats, like downloadable rootkits which infes operating systems, is the new norm,” Gene J. Koprowski “reports” for MacNewsWorld in an article with the would-be-funny-if-it-weren’t-so-sad headline “Developers Struggle to Defend Macs From ‘Zero Day’ Attacks.”

“During a conference call with reporters, experts affiliated with the SANS Institute indicated that there has in recent weeks been a “surge” in attacks on the Apple OS X platform. The growth in Mac vulnerabilities, according to Alan Paller, director of research at SANS, comes as there is a decline in the critical vulnerabilities found in Windows services. Part of the problem lies in the Web browser that many Mac users rely upon — Internet Explorer,” Koprowski “reports.”

Full “piece” here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’re just going to stop the Koprowski BS Express right in its tracks at this random point of ridiculousness. Our stats show the browsers in use to access MacDailyNews (which obviously receives a high concentration of Mac users) in the month of April 2006 as follows: 63% for Safari / Safari RSS / “Mozilla Compatible Agent,” 13% for Firefox, 6% for NetNewsWire, 6% for Internet Explorer, 3% for MacReporter, 0.77% for Camino, etc. You get the point: even with a large group of Mac users stuck on Windows machines at work and using IE, our stats show just 6% accessing our site via IE (about which we’re extremely happy, BTW), so Koprowski’s statement that “many Mac users rely upon Internet Explorer” is as wrong as wrong gets – just like the rest of the FUD contained in his “report.” What’s Koprowski going to do next, an exposé on how it’s likely going to pour rain every day in Phoenix according to Arizona-based umbrella manufacturers and retailers?

Give us a break already! We’re not buying crap antivirus software for our Macs for no reason. If anything, run the free ClamXav, if you want to be a good network citizen and help protect Windows sufferers from their operating system’s inability to do so properly. More info and download link here.

Gene Koprowski is a UPI Technology Correspondent:

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Related articles:
ZDNet: Reduce OS X security threats – ignore security software – May 05, 2006
McAfee announces virus protection for Intel-based Apple Macs – May 05, 2006
BusinessWeek: New Apple Mac ads stir up Mac security overreaction – May 04, 2006
Unix expert: Mac OS X much more secure than Windows; recent Mac OS X security stories are media hype – May 03, 2006
Macs and viruses: the true story – May 02, 2006
Anti-Mac FUD machine shifts into overdrive – May 01, 2006
FUD Alert: Viruses don’t catch up to the Mac – May 01, 2006
BusinessWeek: Apple should hire security czar to combat uninformed media FUD – March 09, 2006
Spate of recent Mac security stories signal that Microsoft, others getting nervous – March 06, 2006
Mafiasoft: Microsoft to charge $50 per year for security service to protect Windows – February 07, 2006
Why pay Symantec for flawed ‘security’ app designed to protect Apple Macs from nonexistent threats? – December 27, 2005
‘Highly critical’ flaw in discovered in Symantec AntiVirus for Mac OS X – December 21, 2005
Why Symantec’s ‘scare tactics’ don’t worry Mac users – September 28, 2005
Motley Fool writer: ‘I’d be surprised if Symantec ever sells a single product to a Mac user again’ – March 24, 2005
Symantec cries wolf with misplaced Mac OS X ‘security’ warning – March 23, 2005
Symantec’s Mac OS X claims dismissed as nonsense, FUD – March 22, 2005


  1. Now what have we learned about the accuracy of the mainstream press, boys and girls? Remeber this the next time some journalist tells you about “tax cuts for the rich” or “global warming” or anything else that leaks from their pens.

  2. Hey ev’ryone, I just read this on that totally PC-biased website with the horrible name of macnewsworld. It’s from Feb, when a sheeplike reporter named Erika Morphy wrote a quote from your typical scaremongering Symantec guy:

    “[recent] events have encouraged the Macintosh community to talk more about malware, viruses and other online threats, which I think is a healthy discussion and one that is often dismissed too quickly,” Mike Romo, an anal. .

  3. Hello all,

    I went to the article and even checked out the super software he recommended to help Macs get protected from the malware he was describing.

    The software requires a PC running Windows XP. Hmmmm. Can you say: “Has not got a clue!” ?


  4. “Browser that mac users rely on is internet what”???
    I don’t think so Tim, try again. Mac users use Firefox or Safari. What onslaught? What teenager wrote this crap? Well you did a bad job and need to really know what you’re talking about before writing it. FUD!!!

  5. I recently used IE. I did it because my kids, who have only ever used Safari or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefoxhad never heard of Internet Explorer so I fired it up (on Virtual PC in Wondows 2000) on my Powerbook. It was an interesting history lesson for them.

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