More than half a million apple computers are thought to have been infected by the "flashback trojan", a particularly nasty virus which potentially can control a victim's machine.
I take no pleasure in the fact mac's are falling foul to virus makers, but it does reiterate what many people have said over the years regarding non MS operating systems - and that's simply that they will be next.
When mac and linux users claim their operating systems can't be hacked or contract viruses it almost makes me cringe every time I hear it - it's true to say that it's unusual to hear of macs or linux being targeted, but it isn't because the OS is so secure, it's just no-one has bothered to start developing viruses or malware yet for those operating systems!!. It's entirely possible to create the same level of destruction for mac and linux users, but the roots of viruses can often go back to the days where people wrote these things in protest of the "machine" that is Microsoft, whereas mac and linux were seen as outsiders, having relatively insignificant numbers of users, but that's changing and so are the tactics of the virus writers.
I hardly think we're about to see an explosion of viruses against mac's or linux but the potential has always been there and instead of asking myself are the virus writers ready to take on mac or linux I find myself asking is linux or mac ready to defend itself against virus writers?. Unfortunately, I think no, they may not be ready, and if someone does decide to unleash a whole load of woop-ass on mac or linux they could find themselves in serious trouble. MS have had years to develop and plan against viruses as they are often targeted on a daily, or even hourly, basis, whereas mac and linux haven't had anywhere near the level of exposure to the issue. Does this mean they have became complacent?. Possibly not, but I wouldn't want to be the one who has to deal with a tyrant of viruses specifically developed and targeted at mac or linux !!
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