Microsoft’s Gates tries FUD to keep people from switching to Apple’s secure Mac

“I saw what Bill Gates had to say in a recent Newsweek interview about the Mac as compared to Vista,” Scott Granneman reports for SecurityFocus.

Gates in Newsweek: I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.

MacDailyNews Note: Please see related MacDailyNews article: Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

Granneman reports, “My reaction, like most knowledgeable people who read this, was open-mouthed astonishment. Now, either Bill is heavily drugged and delusional, which I don’t believe, or he’s just completely ignorant, which I also discount, or he knows exactly what he’s saying and has an ulterior motive. That’s my best guess.”

Granneman reports, “Bill Gates knows that he’s at best exaggerating and at worst completely lying through his teeth. So why’s he doing it? Because he also knows that Apple’s new ads are helping Macs to sell like hot cakes, and that security is a big reason why a lot of people are throwing up their hands in disgust at Windows and switching to Apple’s computers. Who reads Newsweek? Not computer pros, but Joe and Jane Computeruser, and Joe and Jane tend to believe what they read in the mainstream media when it comes to computers, especially when that nice, smart philanthropist Bill Gates is the one saying it. He’s Mr. Computer, after all, so he must be right!”

Granneman reports, “A few years ago, Steve Ballmer ranted about open source in the Chicago Sun-Times, bellowing that ‘Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source.’ This is obviously horsehockey, and it’s just as obvious that Ballmer knew that it was horsehockey, but he said it anyway knowing that many readers of the Chicago Sun-Times would believe what he said because he is a rich, important businessman. Bill Gates’ claim that ‘security guys break the Mac every single day’ is just as ludicrous, and just as calculated.”

“In both cases, fear is the string these two maestros are plucking. The ignorant will come away from reading the earlier interview believing that Linux is dangerous and will doom their companies, while the later interview may keep a few more people from switching to Mac OS because it’s getting broken into every single day,” Granneman reports. “Apple [also] uses fear to sell computers, but it’s a heck of a lot more accurate in what it both says and implies, while Microsoft’s leaders tend to nakedly push the buttons of fear willy-nilly, facts and reality be damned.”

Full article here.

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

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Wow: Microsoft’s Windows Vista already hacked – February 09, 2007
Bill Gates unhinged with Apple envy; Microsoft on path to become high profile casualty – February 06, 2007
Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007

85 Comments

  1. That freakin’ lie about Macs being hacked daily made me livid all week. That lying bastard and his fat Monkey Boy friend need to be taken down and out of the market. I hope Winduhz will only be seen in computer museums in 5 years.

  2. Let’s rent a big auditorium and invite both Lord Jobs and Bill Gates to do presentations about their computers. Steve can wear his P. T. Barnum uniform and Bill can wear a sweater.

    Record the whole thing and hand the tape over to some group like the Nobel Peace Prize Pickers.

    Ask them to find the biggest teller of lies about their products.

    MDN can conduct a lottery, placing odds on the eventual winner, and the person who chooses correctly can can have his pick of which piece of crap from either company he would like to have as the grand prize. The second place winner gets to leave empty handed and excited he does not have to try to figure out how to make either company’s product ‘just work’.

  3. anaknipedro,

    No matter what the security weenies say,

    NO MAC USING OS X HAS EVER BEEN HACKED WITHOUT PHYSICAL ACCESS TO THE COMPUTER AND THE ADMIN PASSWORD.

    Remember, when a Mac is hacked in a security company lab, the security company owns the Mac in question. Anyone can hack their own computer.

    The best security against having your Mac hacked is to lock the doors and windows of your house or apartment and password protect your wireless network.

  4. Bill H: Amen. Same here. We have three Macs and three PCs on a network at our office. The PCs have been bedeviled with viruses from day one, despite Norton subscriptions. The Macs haven’t been infected once and, like you, we don’t have any virus protection on them.

  5. anaknipedro:

    I’d be a little wary before you ask others to get with the program.

    As for the facts:
    36 of the 98 vulnerabilities in OS X [since 2002], on Secunia’s site required ‘local access’. That means someone sitting at your machine in your house or at your desk. In other words no ‘exploit’ at all.
    79 of the 98 vulnerabilities had already been fixed when Secunia reported them.
    Of the 19 remaining, 16 were reported as a DoS [Denial of Service] – which doesn’t compromise anything on your system and is largely irrelevant. And of these 16, the majority- nine – had to be executed while sat at your machine, most people would notice, doncha think?

    So what are we left with? We are left with 3 – that’s THREE. And these three are not viruses or trojan horses, in fact they are alleged ‘vulnerabilities’ that – according to Secunia – haven’t been patched.

    So… the danger to the Mac community from five years of OS X is three, proof-of-concept, vulnerabilities. In FIVE years. Windows? How about 17,595 viruses– according to Secunia. Not vulnerabilities, but out in the wild viruses.

    How about them eggs?

  6. It wasn’t FUD from Gates, it was blatant lies. There is no excuse for his statement. Some people seem to think that money is a good enough reason for lying, I don’t. I do however see how a genuinely poor person may lie because they needed some money but Bill Gates, world’s richest man?

    What a sorry state of affairs.

  7. Fortunately, things are getting so bad on the Windows side that even “non-geeks” are feeling the pain (if they use computers with Windows). Then, they see the Apple ads on TV, and they AT LEAST consider getting a Mac the next time they are shopping for a new PC. That’s all Apple is asking, consideration. And that’s the biggest difference. Previously, most potential customers knew Macs existed but getting one was not a consideration. The main consideration was who was selling the cheapest box with the biggest rebate, HP or Dell. Now it’s “Mac or PC.” If they choose Mac, there’s only Apple. If they choose PC, then they look for the cheapest box from HP, Dell, Gateway, etc.

    I’m sure most will still buy the Windows PC, but I wouldn’t be surprised if about 10% (that’s just one in ten) made the switch; that would be huge for Apple. The Vista fiasco will be a boon for Apple in 2007, and it will help Apple more than the Windows PC box makers.

  8. I’m still shocked that Steven Levy who interviewed Gates didn’t say something, even after the fact he could have just posted the numbers from any “trusted” source about true hacks on each system.

    How does he let that lie stand in his interview, even Katie Couric wouldn’t have dropped that softball.

  9. What a coincidence that the hacking of OSX in jan 2007 is right before the introduction of Vista.
    I see smoke. A devious plan? Untraceble sponsored by…? Business is tough. So it wouldn’t suprise me. Or am I to suspicious?

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