The World Thru My Eyes - I speak my mind and man does it like to talk.

Although I can understand the reason behind the thoughts of those who are actually happy in some way over this Mac Defender trojan that has infected thousands of Mac computers in recent weeks, I am not sure this is really a cause for celebration amongst us Windows user. I mean who wouldn’t want to take an opportunity like this one to rub it in Apple Fanboy faces how their precious Mac computers are not as “bullet proof” as they make them out. How all it would take is someone willing to make the trojan or virus to cause havoc even on an OS that has been regarded as virus-free for so long. Still, this really should not be a time for anyone to be happy and even hoping this is only the beginning as some of the comments I have seen online seem to indicate.

According to this Maximum PC article, it seems the trojan creator has modified the trojan to circumvent the password it required in order to infect the Mac computer. In other words although you still have to be stupid enough to click on a pop up to install it, it’s actually a lot easier to fool someone now to install it. Again it just goes to show how a determined person can screw with Macs if they only had the desire to do so.

On the one hand, I hope Mac users learn their lesson. on the other, I hope this really doesn’t become a serious problem. My kids may want a Mac someday and I would hate for them to have to deal with viruses and trojans as well.


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on May 26, 2011

Misery loves company and I guess that is why some are gleefully rejoicing this latest development. 

On the bright side, I hear this one is fairly tame (as these things go - at least in the Windows World), so it is good news.  It is a bad bug that can be gotten rid of that does not cause a lot of damage - AND - it wakes up the Mac users to the reality that no one is immune (as you said).

I am glad the first one was mild.  It could have been worse - and future ones undoubtedly will be.

But one area of disagreement - you do not have to be stupid.  Just ignorant.  After being infected the first time, then you become stupid if you get it a second time!

on May 26, 2011

I always hear about Windows users having problems with trojans, etc. I've been using Windows since.... well, since there was a Windows OS to use. I have never had trojans, malware, or viruses. I have had several false-positives, but never the real thing.

As for Mac users.... well, it was only a matter of time. I personally don't like Apple, but hate to see this crap happen to anyone........

on May 26, 2011

No reason to celebrate at all, just as Mac/Apple users had no reason to feel "safe" or "immune".

I believe it wrong to celebrate another's misfortune. 

on May 26, 2011

But one area of disagreement - you do not have to be stupid. Just ignorant. After being infected the first time, then you become stupid if you get it a second time!

True, ignorant. But stupid sounds nicer. LOL

I always hear about Windows users having problems with trojans, etc. I've been using Windows since.... well, since there was a Windows OS to use. I have never had trojans, malware, or viruses. I have had several false-positives, but never the real thing.

I have had one here and there but it has been a long time since. It's a matter of being educated on avoiding getting infected. I can't help but wonder the ignorance of a Mac user as they have never had to deal with this before or at least not in a grand scale like this one.

As for Mac users.... well, it was only a matter of time. I personally don't like Apple, but hate to see this crap happen to anyone........

Exactly.

on May 26, 2011

DrJBHL
No reason to celebrate at all, just as Mac/Apple users had no reason to feel "safe" or "immune".

I believe it wrong to celebrate another's misfortune.

To the average mac user that goes about their business without the ego that is so often associated with them, I feel bad.

To the "elitist" MacHoles that constantly spout their drivel of how superior their mac is, and how it can never be attacked.. I giggle my ass off in sheer delight.

on May 26, 2011

First I've heard of this and I am a Mac user. Haven't seen anything about it on the company intranet either...guess I (we) need to get out from under my (our) rock... 

on May 26, 2011

navigatsio
First I've heard of this and I am a Mac user. Haven't seen anything about it on the company intranet either...guess I (we) need to get out from under my (our) rock... 

Nav, I published about this on 5/21.  http://forums.wincustomize.com/408852

 

on May 26, 2011

Thanks Doc! It may prove beneficial to pass the info up and down the line at work...

on May 26, 2011

Welcome, Nav... You might also want to look here: http://forums.wincustomize.com/408972

 

on May 26, 2011

Phoon
To the "elitist" MacHoles that constantly spout their drivel of how superior their mac is, and how it can never be attacked.. I giggle my ass off in sheer delight.

Yes....being cut down a peg or two does no harm.

It was bound to happen.....eventually...

on May 26, 2011

It took them long enough.   This gives reason for Mac users to install an AntiVirus & Internet Security Suites just like the rest of us (same goes for you Linux users).  In the information age, nobody is immune to malware/ID Theft.  Now it's only a matter of time until hackers deviate their efforts away from Windows (somewhat) and move onto Android, iOS, and possibly even Linux.

And someday, Windows may become more immune to viruses than OSX, Android, & possibly Linux (highly doubt that).

on May 26, 2011

happy day. happy day.

 

 

on May 26, 2011

This is just horrible!

on May 27, 2011

DrJBHL
No reason to celebrate at all, just as Mac/Apple users had no reason to feel "safe" or "immune".

I believe it wrong to celebrate another's misfortune.

Precisely, Doc, we don't need purveyors of misery causing this kind of havoc in the world, be it related to Macs or PC's.  The only reason I don't have a Mac as well a PC is because other priorities came up first... otherwise I could also be at risk to Mac infections.

More to the point, the purveyor of this Mac misery could turn his attentions to Windows and turn the table, with Mac zealots then celebrating the misfortunes of Windows users.

I'm not fond of Mac zealots, either [any zealot for that matter], but they are easily ignored [turn a blind eye/deaf ear] and life goes on as usual.  The animosity I've seen generated between Mac and PC users..... put bluntly, it's just fucking childish and defies the notion of being adult.

*Nuff said*

on May 27, 2011

I come from a family of die hard MAC users who have for years taunted me about Windows and my vulnerability to malware.  I hate viruses and trojans, but I can't help doing a little happy dance that I won't have to endure listening to any more sanctimonious crap from my family.

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