by CIO Staff

Symantec Criticizes Mac-Threat Conspiracy Theories

Jul 14, 20062 mins
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A week ago, security experts at Sophos were recommending that home users switch to Mac. Now Symantec has published a Web log claiming that “Mac OS X security threats are almost completely lost in the shadows cast by the rocky security mountains of other platforms.”

The blog is written in response to “tired conspiracy theories” that emerge “whenever security and Mac OS X are mentioned in the same breath.”

It claims: “There are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X.” It notes that a well publicized security threat to the Mac, the OSX.Leap.A (also known as the Oompa Loompa), was a worm, and not a file-infecting virus.

Sophos emphasizes the overuse of the term “virus” as a generic reference to any malicious code. “Here at Symantec we tend to use more appropriate blanket terms like security threat and malicious code.”

However, the company recognizes that a security threat does exist: “Please remember that Mac OS X has been tested by worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, and other various security vulnerabilities,” it says, adding: “No operating system is without imperfections, and no computer connected to the Internet will ever be 100 percent immune from attack.”

-Karen Haslam,

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