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Apple Computers Susceptible to Virus’

// Posted by on 04/07/2012 (12:53 PM)

It was once thought to be utterly impossible for your Apple computer to contract a virus.  The Apple website  boasts– “Why You’ll Love a Macbook? It doesn’t get PC viruses.”However, just last week over half a million Mac users discovered that their computers had a virus. The virus, known as the Trojan Horse, does not even require the user to click on a link or open up a contaminated file in order for the virus to spread. It simply downloads itself.  Even more frightening is that once the virus has been downloaded, the hacker has access to all of the information on your computer.

 

 ABC News reported on the subject, suggesting that the growing popularity of Macbook’s gave reason for hackers to  invest time in breaking the barrier. Even last year, Macbook users were infested with smaller scale viruses that simulated users clicker on ads so that those companies would get larger kickbacks.
So is the reason why Macbooks users did not get viruses simply because hacking criminals were not targeting them because their population of users was smaller? Now that more people use Macbooks, it is more worthwhile for hackers to tackle Macbooks because the audience is larger. Is it not that they were built with a strong protection system? Apple claims that their built in defense system, OS X Lion, will stop hackers in their trackers. Now that it has been hacked, is it fair to say that no protective system will ever be good enough? If someone is intelligent enough to create the system, someone is intelligent enough to hack it.
As it becomes more and more apparent in today’s world that anything can be hacked and ultimately that none of our information is entirely safe, I wonder if our culture of privacy will change? It seems that in some ways it already has. Members of the younger generations are much more comfortable with the government listening in on our conversations—after all we have nothing to hide. Yet many other people feel that even though they have nothing to hide the government should not be listening in on their private conversations simply as a respect for privacy. Will future generations to come have an even weaker sense of privacy that we do? How will we be protected? Perhaps it’s possible that hackers will not be as enthused with hacking if it becomes less novel and everyone’s information is easy to access. Part of the drive for these hackers is the endorphins they feel when accomplishing  a task or the “lolz” they receive. How will this culture change in the years to come?

 


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Phylicia said...

I am not surprised that there are now viruses for Apple computers. It was only a matter of time. Personally, I have noticed more Apple computers over the past five or so years. Perhaps that is due to the fact that we attend a university that has a pretty even split between Apple and PC users. However, I think that there has been an recent trend of popularity for Apple computers which has caught the attention of hackers. After reading Stuxnet, its seems pretty impossible to defend any system against hackers. I think anyone (or any company) who claims that there are systems which are un-hackable at this point in the digital age are idealistic at best. It seems that the culture around privacy could shift in two different directions: individuals can realize that the digital work is not as secure and private as it once was and accept it or we can try to implement policies against hacking. The issue here is that even if there were policies against hacking, that doesn’t mean hacking will necessarily stop. Hackers love their lulz, I don’t think they will ever think they are wrong until they (maybe) get caught and even then it’s a stretch. I think there is a need to change the culture around privacy and security. However, how the change will actually work is another question.

// 04/10/2012 at 5:53 pm