BBC: Hackers assault Windows PCs every 15 minutes, ignores obvious solution: Get a Mac

“If every hour a burglar turned up at your house and rattled the locks on the doors and windows to see if he could get in, you might consider moving to a safer neighbourhood,” Mark Ward, Technology Correspondent, writes for BBC News. “And while that may not be happening to your home, it probably is happening to any PC you connect to the net.”

“An investigation by the BBC News website has established the scale of the dangers facing the average net user,” Ward reports.

“Using a computer acting as a so-called ‘honeypot’ the BBC has been regularly logging how many potential net-borne attacks hit the average Windows PC every day,” Ward reports. “When we put this machine online it was, on average, hit by a potential security assault every 15 minutes… However, at least once an hour, on average, the BBC honeypot was hit by an attack that could leave an unprotected machine unusable or turn it into a platform for attacking other PCs… Often once a machine has fallen under someone else’s control, a keylogger will be installed to capture information about everything that the real owner does – such as login to their online bank account. This stolen information is often sold as few of those that steal it have the criminal connections to launder stolen cash.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brit” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Although Ward expends many words documenting the Windows PC mess, he never gets around to the obvious solution; one that he suggested in his opening paragraph: PC users actually can move to a much safer neighborhood, it’s called Apple Macintosh. We are left with two questions: will the world ever learn and what is wrong with the BBC?

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BBC signs web deal with Microsoft – September 28, 2006
Apple touts virus-free Macs – August 25, 2006
Get a Mac: Viruses, spyware cost U.S. consumers $7.8 billion over last two years – August 08, 2006
Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
McAfee expects 400,000 viruses by 2008 – July 06, 2006
Apple: ‘Get a Mac. Say ‘Buh-Bye’ to viruses’ – June 01, 2006
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16-percent of computer users are unaffected by viruses, malware because they use Apple Macs – June 15, 2005


  1. The folk at the BBC are renowned for being bright, well informed, and honest. And fallible as all get-out. They will report violence in the Mid-East in a “Fair and Balanced” way that embarrasses Fox “News” – and has both Israelis and Palastinians crying “foul”. Crossing the PC/Mac border, though … that isn’t obvious. It might be obvious to compare/contrast Dell vs HP vs Gateway, but Macs aren’t “PCs”, now, ARE they. They wouldn’t include a gas BMW 5-series in a report of diesel econoboxes – not the same things at all.
    Besides … they all spend part of their week fighting with their PCs, with BSoDs and malware, and few have any personal experience with a Mac – obviously not the same thing and there’s obviously nothing to report. The report wasn’t about “How Not to Suffer From Attacks on Your PC” but “Your PC is Being Assaulted Daily”. It’s only news if something happens.

    Get with the (MDN MW) program!

  2. DLMeyer you commie! The BBC SUCKS! It’s irresponsible for them not to mention the Mac as an alternative to the Windows mess. They damn well know about Macs, they are in a sweet heart deal with Microsoft, and they intentionally don’t talk about Macs and mislead their audience. Fox News is so far and above that dung heap BBC in reporting as well. You libs hate Fox News because they are fair and balanced. Not commie-terrorist slanted like most of the other news organisations.

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