I'm disappointed in MacRumors. Someone posted a buggy executable on a forum and tricked some of the users into running it before it was taken down by admins. For some reason, this was treated as a full-blown malware incident, and now it's on the international newswire as "the first OS X trojan found." People writing malicious scripts and executables for UNIX-based systems is nothing new. There have been several trojans targeting OS X in the past five years. One deleted your Home folder, while another used the same icon swap trick to get users to run it, masquerading as an MP3. OS X trojans almost always require user intervention to activate, which is why they remain proof-of-concept trojans that don't spread to any measurable degree in the wild. This trojan is no different from MP3Concept and other trojans from the past that didn't go anywhere. MacRumors didn't mention that this trojan is the same as other past trojans written for OS X. Instead, it was treated as the "first," a monumental event for OS X users. Newbie Mac users have latched onto this and grown afraid of random infections from the net, as though some can of worms (no pun intended) has been opened when, in fact, nothing is different today than from any other times trojans were written for OS X in the past five years. The wording of "First OS X Virus" caused the story to get picked up by bigger news outlets. So now, what was a minor incident on a web forum that affected a few users who were tricked has now become international news, from Reuters to the BBC, all reporting on the "first" OS X virus that is "making the rounds." Even though neither is true. The MacRumors announcement should have been worded like the following: Calm and rational and mentioning the fact that this is nothing new to OS X and is an isolated incident to the MacRumors Forums. Not the "first" trojan that's making the rounds out in the wild. The important point is that OS X remains unplagued by viruses and trojans because propagation is not automatic and requires user intervention due to the system's built-in security, which is what people refer to when they say the OS X platform is generally unaffected trojans and viruses. And that's just as true today as before last Monday. Boo to MacRumors for not handling it better and initiating fear-mongering from the likes of Symantec.