Steve jobs only passed away a few months ago and the Iron Curtain of P.R. is already falling... Interesting.
I really thought Apple was never going to own up to the fact that their operating system has security flaws. Yes the backend that OS X is built on is more secure than Windows but that does not mean it is without flaws. Hmm.
This is welcome news indeed! I know I've bashed Apple about this for years, and rightly so I think, but only because I have friends who use iOS devices who really believed they were safe.
I hope this trend will continue with a much improved patch system put in place too.
Yes; the false safety has been an inside joke for years. Not only did no sheep believe it even though the weakness was both great and real when they figure out that the fact they have been willingly snowed for years it is 1 of 2 things, more denial, or outright anger for being made a fool of. Unix can be more secure but only if it has the correct backbone etc as well as tools to make it so. Otherwise it is just as week as anything else which you expect to have security measures within but which actually has a very limited array to work with.
Boo I had hoped apple would just claim ignorance a few more years until something like the good old sasser/blaster worms from the 90's hit macs world wide causing such a huge problem that everyone can see their lies.
So what other argument will mac users use when comparing or arguing with a windows users D:. Cause this is like the top ranked reason they buy a mac... lol :D
It was actually over 600,000+ infected systems, Apple just tried to put spin control on the numbers and the guy who first came out with the report on actual numbers stated it still went up after the announcement and that they weren't correctly counting the total number. Since the way they were counting them was being interfered with... So it might have gone an addition 200-300 thousand more by his estimates before finally really leveling off.
Problem is the malware in question isn't new and normally relied on tricking users to infect systems but it was modified with a Java flaw that allowed it to bypass normal security and most people were never even aware they were infected. While even patched the original function of the malware remained and people who fell for the trick could still infect their systems or enter their information to be stolen.
Even the most secure systems can be foiled by user error and people are more prone to make those mistakes if they aren't concerned about security and especially if they think they're immune.
Like any software sometimes there is a problem. Why Mac denyed this problem for so long is just silly.
JDiaz said it in a nutshell. Mac users think that they are immune, and they're not. This fact will be exploited more than once in the future.
I was able to talk all of my Mac using friends and family into installing the free Sophos Antivirus for Mac a long time ago. As a result, none of them were infected by this latest mess. All of them are glad that they believed me when I told them that Apple's infected days were coming soon.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
This is interesting. Once you get labeled as a target and susceptible of viruses it'll be really hard to remove that stigma. Apple better act fast to keep their facade of "apple's don't get viruses" image.
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