“The iPhone — Apple’s first cellphone — could leave the company facing problems it has never dealt with once the device is launched in the U.S., according to security, mobile communications and computer experts who spoke with CBC News Online,” Saleem Khan reports for CBC News.
Khan reports, “The Cupertino, Calif.-based company may have to contend with attacks on its Mac OS X operating system software that it has previously escaped because relatively few computer users work on Apple machines, according to David Marcus of McAfee Inc.’s Avert Labs.”
Khan reports, “Because malware authors prefer to hit as many victims as possible with their creations, the roughly nine to 10 per cent of worldwide computer users who use Apple’s Mac OS operating system have been largely unscathed by viruses, exploitation of vulnerabilities and other malicious attacks and malware that have plagued Microsoft Corp.’s rival Windows operating system over the years, Marcus said.”
MacDailyNews Take: Specious gobbledygook. The “Security via Obscurity” myth is alive and well at McAfee, we see. Would David Marcus please explain to us, if his theory is correct, why there exists a proof-of-concept virus called “Podloso” that targets only Apple iPods with Linux installed – whose user-base is infinitesimally miniscule?
There are 23+ million Mac OS X users currently. Mac OS X has been in use for over 6 years. Mac OS X is not “obscure” at all, so the “Security via Obscurity” myth can’t stand up to even the most basic application of logic. You cannot be secure due to obscurity when you aren’t obscure and, as we see from the “Podloso” virus, you can be totally obscure and still be insecure. Shouldn’t an antivirus peddler be able to recognize such obvious facts? Perhaps he does. Maybe he’s just trying to sell AV software by propagating illogical FUD?
Khan continues, “…An executive at computer security firm Symantec Corp. — a McAfee rival — said he does not foresee security problems in the near future.” Paul Miller managing director for mobile security at Symantec said that “speculation about the risks Apple might face with the introduction of the iPhone could be seen as irresponsible. ‘It would be ill-advised for any group to make statements,’ he said.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Blaine B” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: There are zero-percent (0%) of viruses for the Mac OS X platform that should, logically, have some 10-16% of the world’s viruses if platforms’ install bases dictate the numbers of viruses. The fact that Mac OS X has zero (0) viruses totally discounts “security via obscurity.” There should be at least some Mac OS X viruses. There are none. The reason for this fact is not attributable solely to “obscurity,” it’s attributable to superior security design.