How can viruses, vulnerabilities make the world safer?

How can viruses, vulnerabilities make the world safer?

Summary: OS X security scares, a Linux worm and Microsoft bragging about security: so why is the world a safer place? 41% The Securified Risk Meter is confused.

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OS X security scares, a Linux worm and Microsoft bragging about security: so why is the world a safer place?

Securified Risk Meter
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The Securified Risk Meter is confused. As expected, in its first week it has had to deal with viruses, vulnerabilities and marketing clap trap.

However, it never expected Apple's OS X to be hit by the viruses (and a critical security hole), Linux to also be attacked by another virus and Microsoft to tell businesses to buy its products to make them safer.

Had we experienced a critical, unpatched Windows vulnerability then I'm sure the meter would have shot up and be eyeing the danger zone. The same may have happened if the OS X virus had exploited a vulnerability in the platform instead of relying on user interaction to spread.

But as it stands, for all the excitement, not much seems to have changed.

OS X still hasn't been attacked by a 'serious' virus and the recent scare may actually help the Mac community (which includes myself) to wake up to the fact that they are not immune to attack.

For this reason the world seems to be a slightly safer place. The Securified Risk Meter recognises this and falls to 41 percent.

Topics: Open Source, Linux, Malware, Microsoft, Mobility, Security, Windows

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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