So, Jahanzaib Hassan is trying to make a name for himself by pretending that:
Macs not so safe after all
Given that it was mostly Windows that became the target of ruthless ransomware attacks, it is surprising to see that Macs have now been taken into the fold as well. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Mac users have grown in the past years.
What all these hit-whore articles miss is the main point. These kinds of malware, while dangerous, still require user intervention. In other words:
- Windows users simply have to be breathing and their computers need to be on a network.
- Mac users have to be naive enough to enter an admin password. That’s right. Mac users actually have to explicitly let the malware in, like inviting a vampire in. Very different from Windows, where just looking up at the blue sky gives you computer-AIDS.
Yes. Mac has gone up in attacks in recent years, but they all still require tricking the human.
Per the author, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai:
Despite some people’s misguided beliefs—fueled in part by Apple’s marketing—there’s been plenty of Mac malware, even ransomware. But MacRansom and MacSpy show once again that bad guys are starting to target Macs more and more, even offering them as a service to others.
No, dummy. We said there are no viruses. You know… viruses. Apps that self-install WITHOUT any human intervention to make it happen and, in turn, they then spread WITHOUT any human intervention.
PCs still have viruses. Go ahead. Start clicking on random URLs on a PC, even with anti-virus. I’ll wait. Let’s see how quickly you get hosed.
On a Mac, you still need to enter your administrator password. That’s right. You have to invite the vampire in. Didn’t I just say this?
These tech whores can’t wait to say, “Hahaha, misguided Apple people. LOOK!”
And I’ll beat the dead horse over and over. These tech-tards love interchanging virus with malware to pretend they not only know what they’re talking about, but drive traffic to their respective sites.
You guys are tech-tards. Oh, and I archived your sites so you don’t get direct hits.
“Apple continues to improve the security of them,” Wardle said. “But Mac users should just be cautions, should not be not be overconfident, and should not assume that just because they’re using a Mac they’re inherently safe.”
Actually, they can be overconfident and assume they’re safe. Literally, just don’t install stuff from a shady site or install stuff you don’t know. Oh, that’s right, that phrase – “don’t install stuff” – makes ZERO sense to Windows users.
You see, in Windows, apps are like ticks. They bury themselves deep within the OS. DLLs, registry entries, and much more. Can’t just remove the tick.
On Mac, 90%+ apps are actually packaged files. Standalone .app files (really bundles) that are not embedded into the OS, except for preference files, which don’t DO anything. So, yeah… only the bigger apps, like Microsoft Office get installed and, if you’re not out there stealing it, you don’t need to worry about a rogue installer. Oh, yeah, that porn site you visit does not need you to update Flash. Does that help?
Hey, if there’s proof this does auto-install and requires no human intervention, I’m all ears, but I won’t believe it until it’s proven.