FUD Alert: CNET tries to equate Windows’ insecurity to handful of Mac OS X proof-of-concepts

“Microsoft unleashed Windows Vista for business users this week. The long-awaited operating system offers many security improvements over its predecessor Windows XP, but that doesn’t mean users will be safe from hackers. CNET News.com’s Joris Evers and CNET’s Robert Vamosi predict cyber break-ins will continue, in particular via applications that run on top of Vista,” CNET News reports.

“And while Vista may be available to business users today, installing it and connecting a Vista PC to the Internet is not wise. Only one of the top four security vendors–McAfee–has antivirus tools ready for the new operating system. Microsoft itself advises users not to run Vista without antivirus software,” CNET News reports. “Apple Computer’s Mac OS X could offer an alternative, but it also isn’t without flaws. Apple this week offered a patch for 31 Mac OS X-related security holes, including a zero-day flaw. The Mac maker also left some flaws unpatched and saw a sample adware program target its operating system.”

Full article with link to podcast here.

MacDailyNews Take: Who does CNET think their readers are, drooling idiots who are incapable of seeing the vast gulf between Windows and Mac OS X security and the effects on end users? They must. The reason you see this sort of bullshit on CNET and elsewhere is because, according to IDC analyst Marcel Warmerdam, for every $1 that Vista earns for Microsoft, it will pump a minimum of $12 into the global economy. Billions upon billions of dollars are riding on duping people into continuing along with Windows. That’s really what they mean by “long-awaited.” If protecting the Windows hegemony means distorting all sorts of things to make Apple’s Mac platform look like an unacceptable alternative, then so be it. They really have no other defense for the indefensible Windows except for FUD when comparing to Apple Mac OS X’s stellar record of protecting their users’ security. The fact is that Mac OS X users, using only common sense, surf the Net with impunity while Windows sufferers most certainly do not.

According to CNET: CNET News.com strives to meet the highest editorial standards for accuracy and completeness in its reporting.

When you stop laughing enough to click your mouse, contact:
Jai Singh: CNET Editor-in-chief: jais@cnet.com
Joris Evers: CNET Security Bites Podcast: joris.evers@cnet.com

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42 Comments

  1. “Who does CNET think their readers are, drooling idiots who are incapable of seeing the vast gulf between Windows and Mac OS X security and the effects on end users?”

    I think you just defined a lot of people who buy cheap ass PC’s.

  2. Well, I posted a reply in their TalkBack, for whatever it’s worth. I really wonder why CNET bangs on Macs more than any other web “news” site I know of (in the US at least – not counting BBC).

  3. Two more certified assholes that think they know what they are talking about. Ironically CNET wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for Microsoft, so that becomes their “bread and butter” so to speak. Let’s slam OSX and justify Vista by talking about some bullshit.

    Fsck these guys.

  4. Right on Wingsy!

    It’s amazing that these jokers can’t write a story about PigLipStick without evoking the “yeah, but Apple sucks too” windoze apologist party line.

    Misery does indeed love company.

  5. I don’t know any MacHeads who get their tech news from the likes of Ziff Davis, C|net, PC World, et al.

    C|net and the rest survive by selling clicks, ad space to peecee vendors and stroking the egos of the vast unwashed peecee masses. Reading their articles one would think there are no viable options to windblows.

    Anybody surprised at their FUD?

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  6. I couldn’t resist sending this note to CNet:

    “Apple Computer’s Mac OS X could offer an alternative, but it
    also isn’t without flaws.”

    This statement is a perfect example of irresponsible reporting.
    On the one hand we have Windows, which is vulnerable to
    thousands of security exploits that Microsoft is evidently
    incapable of coping with. And on the other hand we have OS X,
    which is theoretically vulnerable to a small number of “proof of
    concept” exploits but suffers from exactly zero real world virus
    threats. So here we have one product with thousands of flaws
    and another with possibly a few… and all you’ve got to say is
    that OS X “also isn’t without flaws???” You must be kidding!
    You’ve GOTTA be kidding! How much did you say Microsoft pays
    you every month to wipe the dribble off their chins for them?

  7. for every $1 that Vista earns for Microsoft, it will pump a minimum of $12 into the global economy. Billions upon billions of dollars are riding on duping people into continuing along with Windows.

    Sounds like an open secret certain automakers used to have: first you’d make money by building cars as cheaply as possible, then you’d continue your income through selling necessary parts & service. It’s almost like certain models were intentionally unreliable. Ask anyone who car shopped in the 70’s and 80’s, where you’d see brand new vehicles DOA right from the factory.

    Anyway customers had enough, and started turning to automakers who did better. A trend that continues today.

    When will consumers wake up again, this time with PCs?

  8. Wingsy,

    Yes, the BBC is really pro Windows and anti Mac.

    The music, comedy, culture and news ‘departments’ are all right most of the time.

    But their tech/media people are a disaster. ‘Click’ – a consumer tech programme on BBC World – is quite appalling.

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