iTWire: Apple iPods infected with Windows virus should be massive wake-up call for Mac users

“While the small batch of Apple iPods infected with a Windows virus pose no threats to iMacs or the iPods themselves, the fact they were infected at all is a big worry. Now, the potential for virus and malware writers to start targeting Mac OS X in a bigger way cannot be ignored, and should be a massive wake-up call to Apple and its users: owning a Mac does not mean you’re invulnerable,” Alex Zaharov-Reutt writes for iTWire.

“It’s only a matter of time before a big outbreak on Apple systems occurs, similar to the ‘Code Red’, ‘I love you’ virus, ‘Nimda’ and other attacks that swept the PC owning world over the past few years,” Zaharov-Reutt writes.

“What will Apple do if and likely when a big virus outbreak occurs on the Mac, potentially resulting in problems for internet connected Macs around the world? …Given that Microsoft now offers their own One Care anti-virus, firewall, spyware detector and backup service for Windows XP and Windows Vista PCs at an additional cost, it’s time that Apple did something similar, or give their full backing to a company, or select group of companies, for rock-solid and reliable protection.”

“Users demand security these days, and if they all aren’t, the new virus hiding on a small batch of iPods may just make them start to worry,” Zaharov-Reutt writes. “With the coming release of Mac OS X 10.5 next year, let’s hope Apple has made as many improvements to security as possible, especially while they still have time before the new OS X is released to the world market. Apple, we want to see more proactive leadership on security, no ads on TV that seem to make Macs appear invulnerable and no more viruses on iPods… so that an Apple a day really does keep the doctor away.”

Full article here.
A Windows virus on a small batch of iPods that originated from an iPod subcontractor’s infected Windows PC, is a “massive wake-up call” for Apple and Mac users? Alex Zaharov-Reutt is a true moron. Does iTWire have an editor to vet articles before publication? If so, he/she is a true moron, too. This article descends to levels of stupidity and ignorance previously visited only by the likes of the iMac-in-earthquakes-phobic Rob “Microsoft Wrote the First Mac OS” Enderle.

Contact: editor@itwire.com.au

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62 Comments

  1. Hey, what if they did it on purpose? =)

    Apple: Oh, oops! A virus that dosn’t affect our nice machines. Sorry you run such a crappy OS! But hey, when you’re ready for a computer made for adults, give us a call!

    hahahahaha… Brilliant. If they didn’t do it intentionally they should think about it.

  2. How is this a massive wake up call?

    I’ve had Windows viruses on my Mac before as attachments, and I gleefully click on them and watch as they do NOTHING to my Mac.

    Any hard drive or media can have a file on it, that doesn’t mean they file is malicious to your computer.

    The word is that this virus got onto the iPods through a third party supplier. 50 bucks says that supplier was using Windows to load the data onto the iPods.

  3. “While the small batch of Apple iPods infected with a Windows virus pose no threats to iMacs or the iPods themselves, the fact they were infected at all is a big worry. Now, the potential for virus and malware writers to start targeting Mac OS X in a bigger way cannot be ignored”

    Why?!?!?!? I don’t see the connection. Desperately grasping for headlines, I guess.

  4. Macromancer…..read on..

    “.The word is that this virus got onto the iPods through a third party supplier. 50 bucks says that supplier was using Windows to load the data onto the iPods.”

    MDN– A Windows virus on a small batch of iPods that originated from an iPod subcontractor’s infected Windows PC.

    Duh! That’s just what it says.

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