February 21st, 2006 10:37 AM
This is actually a very interesting sociological question.
why would anyone want to write viruses, or any kind of malware for that matter, for Apple? I mean, aren't they supposed to be in good standing with the world like Linux?
My thinking is that there are bozos who will cause damage wherever they can. They are "vandals" and wreck bus shelters, telephone kiosks and so on. Although they are brain dead morons, they do have their IT counterparts.
Then there are people who take a stance against Bill Gates, Microsoft, big business or whatever. That makes them a "target" it is a sort of Luddite or anarchist revolution.
Then there are those who do it for profit, or because their government employs them to do it. This might be on the side of good or evil (however you personally choose to define those concepts)
And their are social deviants who didn't have enough sh1t beaten out of them in their youth. They think that it makes them "important" and somehow compensates for their totally defective personalities.
AppleMac and Linux are not targeted per se, because they are either not big enough or not commercial enough, but they do provide a route to attack Windows.
Please remember that their are proof of concept activities which are not always discussed in the forums of "learned security sites" I am certain that the ultimate target is still Windows.
And those who do it for research/academic interest I put in the class of those who do it for "profit" because they gain knowledge and/or amusement. I guess practical jokes, political/religious statements and the like fall into that category as well.
Just my £0.02
If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
What profiteth a man if he gains the entire World at the expense of his immortal soul?
February 22nd, 2006 04:22 AM
Re: first mac virus
I heard. Was only a matter of time. Popularity is always security's antidote.
It isn't a virus regardless of what Sophos says. It is only malware.
February 22nd, 2006 04:49 AM
This is very, very far from the first Mac virus. I refer you back to the Original Mac, Fat Mac, Mac II, 6300 (bomb) and other Mac platforms since, all running the various Mac OS versions up to and including 9.x. Virii and worms ran rampant in those OSs for years, especially after those Macs were connected to the internet. I spend many days cleaning malware from Macs. Macs have been targets in the past, and definitely will be again.
For some reason, everyone is restarting the count with Mac OS X. Revisionism lives.
Unfortunately, it won't take very sophisticated Mac malware to plunk the majority of Mac users on their collective, complacent butts, since they insist the Mac is "secure by default" and the Mac store sales droids still tell users they don't need anti-virus, firewalls, or need to worry like windows users.