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Discussion in 'Community' started by Daveway, Sep 26, 2005.
The race to make an OS X virus is back on and the bounty is set at $500.
$500? That's it? Hell, if I was able to write a virus for OS X, I think I could get more than $500 for it just by offering it for sale to Apple, Symantec, Microsoft, or anyone else with a vested interest pro- or anti-OS X.
Whats this "We" that he keeps saying
This isn't to make a virus, its to prove that there actually is a virus. A lot harder than writing a virus!
Before all you haxors and script kiddies get all excited, he's offering $500 for proof that a Mac somewhere was infected with a Mac OSX specific virus (not via e.g. MS Word) before September 20th 2005.
Like I've said before. There a TONS of ways to "infect" OS X, but most of the m are either shell or apple scripts, and they do not self-propogate or open automatically, and even when running Admin you still need the Admin's password to activate these scripts. A lot of them are designed to erase the contents of your HD entirely. Like a self-destruct mechanism. Useful if you can trigger it from a far if you feel that your security is being threatened (i.e. someone digging around your computer for things theys houldn't.)
However, they still do not meet the definition of a "virus, worm" or "trojan." There are Trojans out there as well, but again, they have to be placed into the end users start up items in order to be effective. Not a very easy thing to do unless you ahve direct physical or remote desktop access to the computer.