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Prize Offered for Mac Virus

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Some mac developers were offering a large sum of money to whom ever infected two macs on the Internet. But later, the contest cancelled due to mac users complaining in large numbers.

I thought the contest was kind of tasteless. What do you think?

Here's the article from Slashdot:
http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/26/1757221&from=rss
 
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Tasteless indeed. A virus is malicious in every respect, and writing one for money is even worse. Even if it does find new security risks that Apple would patch in no time.
 
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people made the virus and it infected the mac? I thought this was a very tough feat to accomplish...I guess UI was wrong! Don't get me wrong though, I still LOVE Apple!
 
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i think it is totally worth it. however, the security concerns if anyone does would be great. i dont think it was well planned. it should have been more secretive.
 
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No, there was no infection. There is no virus. People offered the money as a proof of concept thing, but it was in extremely bad taste so the contest was pulled.
 
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Its not tuff at all to program a virus.. lil more tuff on mac, but its still very possible
 
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I think offering up a price to anyone who can make a mac virus is asking for trouble. Then you'll have a source code out there to create tons, the moment one design comes out that exploits a flaw in the design. I'm glad they canceled it. Stupid in my opinion.
 
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to me this opens the floodgates for more of this crap to happen. I have no protection now and would rather not have to worry about getting any if I can avoid it.
 
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meltbanana314

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A lot of trouble can be avoided by not running as a root user all the time. Most of the problems in Windows happen because the user is automatically set to be an administrator. The malware will automagically run every time.

Macs on the other hand have root user disabled and instead use a sudo type system to do administrative tasks, like in most UNIX/Linux systems. This is much much more secure.

I'm not really scared of viruses for OS X. The chances of one attacking the community are very small, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared now does it?
 
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