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Re: Media Redefines Security

On 2006-02-18, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted something concerning:
>     "Malicious worm aims to bite Apple"
>                 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4723390.stm
>     "A OS X myth is shattered to pieces"
>                - Silicon Valley Sleuth
> However:
> "I?m sorry to report that it?s not a virus, it?s a trojan, and it does not
> spread. The trojan poses as a compressed file, and when you double click on
> it, you need to enter your administrator password to activate it. Not really
> what I would call a virus. This is something that a total ass hat would be
> able to program in Applescript in about ten minutes. I?m certain that we
> will see a virus that actually works under Mac OS X sooner or later, but
> this is not it. So I guess that companies like Sophos needs to hype up
> something else to sell their products."
>      http://www.jackenhack.com/blog/archives/2006/02/17/alarm-report/
> You know what this means, don't you? If someone was to chmod and then execute
> a malicious script (as root) on Linux, the media would be all over it with
> hyped-up statements.

I did already. So did others. My recollection is that it only sorta
worked on one machine, and failed utterly on all the rest. Even the
machines specifically meeting all of the requirements for exploit
failed to work.

What was it? Google for the 'TeeGee Super-Duper Linux Exploit(tm)' for
more information.

But, yes, the media *would* blow everything out of proportion if this
happened and they got wind of it. That's because they don't "report"
any more. They simply pass along whatever someone else tells them. The
best candidates for them to quote are rich companies, people who think
like them (usually other brainless media twits), their personal voices
(preferences), or whomever has their fax or phone number. Anything that
forces them to have to research things is out of the question.

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