“Symantec published its 10th Internet Threat Report this week and quietly admitted a few days later that its predictions of increasing Mac-targeted spyware threats have not been realised,” Munir Kotadia reports for ZDNet Australia.
Kotadia reports, “Unsurprisingly, Symantec didn’t make any mention of its inaccurate prediction in the latest report, so I thought I would ask about the omission. It seems Mac spyware was not mentioned this time around because there were no new dangerous Mac-related threats in the first six months of the year.”
“My previous blog entry seems to have stirred up some emotions at a certain Mac-focused Web site,” Kotadia reports. “Unfortunately, the anonymous writer has misinterpreted my question to Symantec as disappointment that there was no mention of OS X malware. Actually, I was pointing out that the company’s predictions 18 months ago have been as accurate as Bill Gates’ predictions about spam.”
Kotadia reports, “But the important point is this, regardless of how much people shove their head in the sand and scream ‘I must be safe because I have a Mac, I must be safe because I have a Mac,’ OS X does have security vulnerabilities. If it didn’t, why would Apple release regular security patches? Luckily the system has been designed with security in mind, so vulnerabilities are very difficult to exploit and most require socially engineered user interaction.”
Kotaida then weakly pushes readers to other articles of his – featuring news we’re long since covered here – seemingly in order to create an excuse to get in one last immensely unoriginal and vastly overused insult, “Instead of publishing religious fanboy rants, maybe their time would be better spent reading about how Norton Anti-virus makes OS X less secure or why Bootcamp is an expensive downgrade for the Mac.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: While it’s very nice to see Mr. Kotadia now reporting some sound information, we’d like to know why he laced his past reports of supposed “Mac OS X security threats” with such hyperbole? (Please see related articles marked “Munir Kotadia” below.) We also wonder exactly who is “shoving their head in the sand and screaming ‘I must be safe because I have a Mac, I must be safe because I have a Mac?'” Not here. The day we accept a lecture on Mac OS X security from Munir Kotadia is the day we dump Mac OS X and switch to Windows XP.
As we just stated on Tuesday for the umpteenth time, “Remember, do not download, authorize, and install things on your Mac from untrusted websites.”
Some people, when they get called on the carpet, like practice transference. They casually invent some issue, try to slip it into the conversation, and then lecture about it in order to shift the spotlight from themselves. Let’s ignore Munir’s attempted diversion and refocus the light on his original blog entry that rasied our ire yesterday. In it, Kotadia wrote the following:
…Apart from Leap-A or the Oompa-Loompa virus, Mac users have enjoyed a seemingly uneventful time when it comes to malware. Of course Apple has, deservedly, been slated for its hardware troubles but that is another issue entirely.
We challenge Munir Kotadia to produce one Mac customer (outside of a lab or someone’s imagination) that was actually affected by the Leap-A or the Oompa-Loompa “virus” in real life. (Note: “Leap-A” and “Oompa-Loompa” are two different names for one issue, not two separate issues as Kotadia’s awkward wording implies, whether intentional or not). If he actually does find someone, how were they affected exactly?
We’d also like to know why Kotadia feels the need to remind his readers about “Apple hardware troubles” in an article about software security if not to put some sort of negative spin on Apple Macs. We see absolutely no reason for that sentence — as Kotadia freely admits by describing it as “another issue entirely” — other than to slam Apple.
If this is a new leaf for Kotadia regarding his reporting of Mac OS X security, then we applaud it. We’re glad that he followed up on the flameout of Symantec’s predictions. We just hope Kotadia works on the other internal issues he seems to have with Apple and/or Macs, since said issues are oftentimes leaking out between and smack dab in the middle of his lines of text.
Related MacDailyNews articles:
Symantec report fails to mention any threat of ‘Mac OS X malware’ – September 27, 2006 (Munir Kotadia)
ZDNet Australia publishes yet another Mac OS X security FUD article – January 26, 2006 (Munir Kotadia)
ZDNet Australia publishes latest Mac OS X security FUD article – September 09, 2005 (Munir Kotadia)
Joke of the month: Gartner warns of Mac OS X ‘spyware infestation’ potential – March 30, 2005 (Munir Kotadia)
Symantec warns about Mac OS X security threat – March 21, 2005 (Munir Kotadia)
Symantec sees browser security bugs climb, Safari bugs double – September 25, 2006
Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
Symantec CEO: We think more people ought to buy Apple Macs – May 15, 2006
Ars Technica: Fears over new Mac OS X ‘Leap-A’ trojan pointless – February 20, 2006
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
Symantec warns about Mac OS X security threat – March 21, 2005