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World’s first (known) bootkit for OS X can permanently backdoor Macs

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well actually http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/9355995/Apple-drops-virus-immunity-claim-for-Macs.html

 

before that Apple had kind of claimed that Macs are immune to viruses.

 

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Nothing about that is incorrect. Mac's do not in fact get PC virus's. It's word tricks, but still correct in it's literal statement. 

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Nothing about that is incorrect. Mac's do not in fact get PC virus's. It's word tricks, but still correct in it's literal statement.

Word tricks that will (and obviously have) mislead non-tech-savvy users, who think that any computer is a "PC".


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nope, youre on a high horse. apple knows (and has always known) their customer base. they can say "Apple wont get PC viruses" which is a completly legitimate statement, and is true, since windows kernel binaries dont work on unix without binary translation. but they also know that their customers will interpret it as "Apple doesnt get viruses", which is of course completly false, but is a great marketing strategy. now stop shitting on 3 different people proving you wrong, youre not patrick for gods sake :P

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Word tricks that will (and obviously have) mislead non-tech-savvy users, who think that any computer is a "PC".

If taking money from stupid people is wrong 90% of the tech world would be shut down. 

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Nothing about that is incorrect. Mac's do not in fact get PC virus's. It's word tricks, but still correct in it's literal statement.

What's funny is that it is wrong in the literal sense (because Macs are personal computers) and it's made to mislead people into thinking Macs don't get any malware.

How anyone can try to say Apple isn't misleading people is beyond me. The reality distortion field didn't die with Jobs.

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What's funny is that it is wrong in the literal sense (because Macs are personal computers) and it's made to mislead people into thinking Macs don't get any malware.

How anyone can try to say Apple isn't misleading people is beyond me. The reality distortion field didn't die with Jobs.

While that is true, Apple has always stated they were not PC's and everyone knows them for being a "mac". All companies do this, so I'm not too concerned with it. Apple is just really good at it. 

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While that is true, Apple has always stated they were not PC's and everyone knows them for being a "mac". All companies do this, so I'm not too concerned with it. Apple is just really good at it. 

Have they actually stated that a Mac is not a personal computer, or just implied it? Because the "Apple hasn't done anything wrong" side was up until this point really literal and not "just because you interpret it that way doesn't make it true".

 

So again, it boggles my mind how anyone can defend them. Apple is wrong in the literal sense and their fanbase is wrong when they interpret it as well. Now stop defending a company for misleading their consumers please.

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Everyone's already said what I would say so I'll just say this:

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Have they actually stated that a Mac is not a personal computer, or just implied it? Because the "Apple hasn't done anything wrong" side was up until this point really literal and not "just because you interpret it that way doesn't make it true".

 

So again, it boggles my mind how anyone can defend them. Apple is wrong in the literal sense and their fanbase is wrong when they interpret it as well. Now stop defending a company for misleading their consumers please.

 

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Have they actually stated that a Mac is not a personal computer, or just implied it? Because the "Apple hasn't done anything wrong" side was up until this point really literal and not "just because you interpret it that way doesn't make it true".

 

So again, it boggles my mind how anyone can defend them. Apple is wrong in the literal sense and their fanbase is wrong when they interpret it as well. Now stop defending a company for misleading their consumers please.

You're confusing my opinion with a defense for apple. 

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Obviously not this same "bootki", but the vulnerability will still exist for Windows PCs. It is the same Thunderbolt interface plugging in to the same PCH which has the same level of access to system memory, device firmware, storage media and the CPU.

Yes.. That much is obvious. I think you missed the point though. It was a joke.

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What makes it different from usb

Its a more direct hardware interface, with a special controller chip thingy, but I'm hardly an expert on it. I believe it also has something to do with the new UEFI stuff, but you d have to look it yourself


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Oh, my mistake, you know your stuff. Jeez I hope you manage to get somewhere in the workplace with the attitude and comprehension level that you posses.

My attitude jeez look at the mirror I explained and you just pushed my opinion away like you can't be wrong.


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ok guise just put glue in your thunderbolt ports. thatll fix it!


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boy oh boy am i ever glad i got rid of my mac 


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Well, when you're objectively wrong, there's not much I can do to help you.

Yeah sure I'm wrong because I don't know English right ?? have a nice day with your ignorance.


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use linux people and avoid all these pesky viruses


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In the video, PC has a virus. Mac says he won't contract the virus - Windows compatible viruses don't affect Macs. What part is making you think that Apple has claimed Macs don't get viruses at all?

 

Keep in mind that at the time this commercial was made, viruses on Macs were essentially non-existent, and was made before any substantial threats were present, unless you can provide sources that show otherwise.

 

 

'Macs don't get PC (referring to Windows based computers) viruses'.

 

The above statement is true.

 

If you're going to post shitty Reddit comic memes and admit that your reasoning is 'close enough', just give up.

 

 

 

No high horse, just calling people out on their bullshit.

 

You can interpret it to imply literally anything, it doesn't make it true.

A Mac is a PC, so the statement is a lie. If they'd said Mac's don't get Windows based virus then you'd be on to something. But the Mac is a Personal computer like any Windows or Linux based PC is a PC. They've touted the no viruses claim for yearrrss. And the reason they had to get rid of it in the UK is the statement was false advertising since it does directly claim that they don't get viruses. There are no "PC viruses". All of this is firmly reinforced by the UK courts forcing Apple to change its straight up false claim to be "PC virus proof".


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I already know the answer, I looked it up before I submitted the comment.

 

They said that Macs don't get Windows viruses, that's it.

Yeah, so Windows should advertise that it doesn't get human viruses...

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A Mac is a PC, so the statement is a lie. If they'd said Mac's don't get Windows based virus then you'd be on to something. But the Mac is a Personal computer like any Windows or Linux based PC is a PC. They've touted the no viruses claim for yearrrss. And the reason they had to get rid of it in the UK is the statement was false advertising since it does directly claim that they don't get viruses. There are no "PC viruses". All of this is firmly reinforced by the UK courts forcing Apple to change its straight up false claim to be "PC virus proof".

Apple is/was pertaining to the popularist term for Windows based computers. It was used ever since IBM started using Windows and became a giant in the home computer market.

OBVIOUSLY by definition a Mac is a personal computer,but the term 'PC' has always been used in reference to Windows computers. I don't understand why people have such a hard time grasping this. The only thing it is claiming is that Macs don't get Windows viruses, that's it. If you still don't get it, just give up.

I'm forgetting you probably fall into the majority demographic of LLT users who is 16 and knows nothing about the history of computers. Why do I even bother...

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So first to contribute to this topic.  This is what is always scary about things like thunderbolt, in order to get the high speed low latency they basically get direct access to the hardware (and if I remember correctly direct access to ram).  This is why it is worse than thing such as badusb.  In the badusb case you would need to still run the exploit code and thus it should be easier to prevent with anti-virus and such.  If I understand this exploit correctly, they would be able to do this basically behind the scenes without the operating system being able to intervene.

 

 

Apple is/was pertaining to the popularist term for Windows based computers. It was used ever since IBM started using Windows and became a giant in the home computer market.

OBVIOUSLY by definition a Mac is a personal computer,but the term 'PC' has always been used in reference to Windows computers. I don't understand why people have such a hard time grasping this. The only thing it is claiming is that Macs don't get Windows viruses, that's it. If you still don't get it, just give up.

I'm forgetting you probably fall into the majority demographic of LLT users who is 16 and knows nothing about the history of computers. Why do I even bother...

 

I am sorry, but you are nitpicking at small details without looking at the larger picture...Apple was essentially using word play to trick viewers into believing a falsehood.  If a company makes a commercial saying things like "I don't get the current virus going around" and then continue on the trend with "doesn't get PC viruses", then they are playing into the false idea that macs didn't get viruses.  Yes they aren't technically saying Macs were immune, but frankly that doesn't matter in the grander scheme.  When you advertise you need to do so so the general audience is able to understand what you are stating, and many people misunderstood the concept "doesn't get PC viruses" as more secure and safe.  That doesn't make them stupid either *which is something you claimed earlier*, everyone has gaps in knowledge and back in those days how was a non-techy suppose to understand.

 

It is sort of like medication commercials, when they list the side-effects they really aren't allowed to use the technical terms.  You never hear things like "side effect may include myocardial infarction" because if they did most people wouldn't understand it.

 

So ultimately what I am saying is this.  Apple targeted the ads towards people who didn't know about the technical side, and by doing so was falsely advertising as it created a culture of people who believe Macs were virus free (which btw was a good 80% based of the people I had to correct back in the day).  And again that doesn't make the people who believed it stupid


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Apple is/was pertaining to the popularist term for Windows based computers. It was used ever since IBM started using Windows and became a giant in the home computer market.

OBVIOUSLY by definition a Mac is a personal computer,but the term 'PC' has always been used in reference to Windows computers. I don't understand why people have such a hard time grasping this. The only thing it is claiming is that Macs don't get Windows viruses, that's it. If you still don't get it, just give up.

I'm forgetting you probably fall into the majority demographic of LLT users who is 16 and knows nothing about the history of computers. Why do I even bother...

Nobody has a hard time grasping that "ohh Apple meant viruses designed to run on Windows". The problem is that the Apple defense force is talking against each other. You are saying you shouldn't take marketing literally (by the way, making claims like that can be classified as false advertisement which is illegal) and that other guy was saying you should take it literally.

 

The problem here is that Apple was literally wrong, and they were figuratively wrong as well (which is why they then changed their advertisements).

  • Is a Mac a personal computer? Yes.
  • Is saying a Mac can't get PC viruses (remember, most fanboys will only remember and repeat the "Macs can't get viruses" part) false? It's a half truth but it's designed to mislead people (assuming that by "PC" they are referring to PCs that specifically run Windows although that is left for the audience to figure out).
  • Is Apple guilty of not correcting this misinformation they helped spread (that Macs don't get any malware)? Absolutely yes. All they have done is add fuel to the fire of ignorance. They have never tried to extinguish it, and for obvious reasons. They benefit from people thinking Macs can't get viruses.
  • Is Apple guilty of ignoring security issues, even going as far as to instruct their employees to not help customers who might have malware on their machines? Yes Apple most certainly is.

 

I don't see how you can be so blind to even think that Apple deserves any protection regarding this. Usually I can kind of get why Apple fanboys defend Apple when they do something bad, because there is usually some rational for it. In this case they have just fed people misinformation, people have misinterpreted the misinformation (making the problem even worse) and Apple just went "great, we will totally make more money from this!" and ignore it. Stop defending a multibillion dollar company who are screwing their customers.

Feel free to defend them about other stuff, but they are just flat out wrong about this.

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Nobody has a hard time grasping that "ohh Apple meant viruses designed to run on Windows". The problem is that the Apple defense force is talking against each other. You are saying you shouldn't take marketing literally (by the way, making claims like that can be classified as false advertisement which is illegal) and that other guy was saying you should take it literally.

The problem here is that Apple was literally wrong, and they were figuratively wrong as well (which is why they then changed their advertisements).

  • Is a Mac a personal computer? Yes.
  • Is saying a Mac can't get PC viruses (remember, most fanboys will only remember and repeat the "Macs can't get viruses" part) false? It's a half truth but it's designed to mislead people (assuming that by "PC" they are referring to PCs that specifically run Windows although that is left for the audience to figure out).
  • Is Apple guilty of not correcting this misinformation they helped spread (that Macs don't get any malware)? Absolutely yes. All they have done is add fuel to the fire of ignorance. They have never tried to extinguish it, and for obvious reasons. They benefit from people thinking Macs can't get viruses.
  • Is Apple guilty of ignoring security issues, even going as far as to instruct their employees to not help customers who might have malware on their machines? Yes Apple most certainly is.
I don't see how you can be so blind to even think that Apple deserves any protection regarding this. Usually I can kind of get why Apple fanboys defend Apple when they do something bad, because there is usually some rational for it. In this case they have just fed people misinformation, people have misinterpreted the misinformation (making the problem even worse) and Apple just went "great, we will totally make more money from this!" and ignore it. Stop defending a multibillion dollar company who are screwing their customers.

Feel free to defend them about other stuff, but they are just flat out wrong about this.

Oh, I see - I'm a fanboy because people are too dumb to comprehend basic word appropriation. I don't even own any Apple products, save for an iPod Nano I bought second hand to use while exercising.

I am the last to defend inappropriate corporate behavior, but it baffles me that people who think they're tech enthusiasts can't figure out something so basic Macs not being able to get Windows viruses, the fact being stated using the term PC.

All I've done really is defend this basic point, but I guess I'm a fanboy because you guys think no one is able to read between the lines, which probably accounts for very small abount of Mac sales. Hardly something that Apple marketing would rely on. Project more.

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