Rough day for Apple

June 20, 2008
Apple has had a lot of good days in its 32-year history. More good days than most companies on this planet.

But today, at least from a security perspective, was a bad day.

First we learned that the Cupertino, Calif. giant decided to patch a Safari-for-Windows download vulnerability - even after it remained steadfast in its belief that the issue was not a security concern.

If Apple decides to return our phone calls, we'll ask them why they changed their minds.

I won't hold my breath.

Later today, we caught wind of a major vulnerability that allows malicious programs to execute code as the root, or most powerful, user. It didn't take long for an in-the-wild trojan to arise.

Then, this afternoon, Intego - a Mac security company (yes, believe it or not, those exist) - warned of another trojan, this one disguises itself as a poker application.

Of course, none of this should come as surprising news. As we reported earlier this year, most end-users believe Mac OS X attacks are going to become more common.

But - as an interesting economic study by our friend Adam O'Donnell of Cloudmark points out - that won't happen until the cyberthieves can figure out a way to make a lot money doing it.

Wait, my phone is ringing.

Never mind, it's my mom.
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