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No computer or operating system is entirely invulnerable from security threats and malware. But Apple has had a long history of advertising its products as being secure.
Yet this past month has blown that entirely out of the water, with colleague Ed Bott discovering the 'Mac Defender' malware: a piece of malicious software which is installed under false pretence. With testimony from Apple whistleblowers, the problem became ever apparent and was soon to all but rage out of control.
A global Christian ministry published an application for the iOS platform, particularly for iPhone users, to help those "struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction". This 'gay-cure' application was only downloaded a few thousand times, with more than 150,000 people signing an online petition urging Apple to take down the software from its application stores.
Eventually, after a few days and the 150,000 signatures -- though it was clear public opinion had some impact on Apple's decision -- Apple took down the application citing reasons that it "violates the company's prohibitions against objectionable content". You did read the slide on the porn-cabal, right?
Apple's default comment to journalists seems to be 'no comment', as any reporter or hack will tell you. Though Steve Jobs will personally reply to some emails sent by readers, both Jobs and Apple shroud themselves in secrecy -- especially in the run-up to product launches.
The New York Times even suggested that Apple's secrecy ethos even resulted in sending out mis-information to bloggers and columnists.