Sophos poll underlines virus threat to Mac

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Perhaps, but i bet Apple is preping for this thing not to happen agian, 10.5 will have lots of protection.
  3. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2004
    Targeted, yes. Successfully attacked? That's another story all together. I doubt there will be more than a handful of attacks more successful than the Leap-A Trojan, which is/was not at all successful, other than as a publicity stunt.
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2004
    Gimma break

    Shouldn't the headline just read, "Anti-Virus Company Tries to Sell Its Software"?

    With the sub-heading, "Advertising agency labels people, 'a hardcore element', just because they said 'umm... no' in survey."

    Can industry journals start covering news (with a little intelligent discussion, y'know) and not just these infomercials, please.
  5. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Its rather difficult to stop Trojans. People will always run applications they know nothing about...
  6. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    This is what bugged me the most. Why even conduct a poll if you're just going to label those that don't answer the way you want to in such a way as to make them seem strange and wrong?

    I guess I'd qualify as part of that "hardcore element." I don't think we'll see much of an increase in malware for the Mac. The Leap-A Trojan infected so few computers as to make it irrelevant other than for the media exposure it got. I think it's interesting that just a few days after it was discovered, people are already talking about it as if it were something long in the past because it's not considered a current threat at all anymore.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    I am so fricking pissed by antivirus software companies.

    They are blatant liars.

    Yes, there is one malicious script that can damage "0-30 Macs." Yes, there is a possibility of a virus coming in to play eventually.

    But they lie.

    They say there are Mac OS X viruses and spyware and adware.

    My dad saw one of these ads apparently, and when I ordered my MacBook Pro the first thing he said was "Okay, let's find yourself some antivirus software."

    After I explained to him that there are no Mac OS X viruses, he said "...Yeah, sure." He didn't believe me. He believed the antivirus software writers.

    If a Mac virus were ever to come up for us, I'd bet money that the antivirus software writers MADE the Mac virus so they could sell more software.
  8. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2004
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if they are responsible for some of the PC viruses too.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    *sigh* This is yet another poll (here's a similar one) that gets people's irrelevant opinions. Whether or not people think there will be more viruses/trojans/whatevers for the Mac does not affect reality. Every single person on this planet can think that we will get a new virus tomorrow, but that doesn't mean that it will happen.

    Bogus, misleading polls. I hate them with a passion.
  10. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Polls are an easy way to say something without actually having to say it. That way you aren't actually lying, just misrepresenting the truth. Sneaky, but effective.
  11. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    isn't that an open secret?
  12. macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    "Cause there's no patch for human stupidity" (I have a T-shirt with that on :D)

    On the subject of AV companies making viruses themselves, I think Symantec had a competition a while ago with a prize, but that dissolved soon after
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2004
    I've heard this for many years now. A trojan every year won't make me run out and buy anti-virus software. :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003
    a missed point...

    why is an anti-virus company running a poll?

    polls are for rumor sites not mission critical, business lifelines such as Sophos.

  15. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I've always believed Macs would be targeted more, facing attacks up to 1-millionth as much as Windows does ;) One day. But Oomp-A was NOT the start--it lacked the capability to spread over the Internet, only via Bonjour (which is disabled in iChat by default)!

    Target me all you want, if your so-called "viruses" aren't even INTERNET ENABLED :D

    The irony is that the most ignorant people are the most likely to believe there's some big threat, and stay away from Mac. And they're the very ones who could most benefit from how much more secure and user-friendly a Mac is.
  16. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Read my post above. ;)
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    I love the characterization that this situation will likely get worse. It can 'only' get worse when you start from zero viruses!!

    Stay calm... everyone just stay calm and buy our software.
  18. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    I have a stupid question. Would they're software even work for something like this? I mean, Norton warns me of stuff like this on my PC, but would the Mac version have protection against this for those first hit?

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