Obsessed with Mac malware

June 2, 2011: 8:31 AM ET

Believe it or not, the author of Ed Bott's Microsoft Report is doing Apple a favor

Source: ZDNet

It's easy for Apple (AAPL) aficionados to take umbrage at Ed Bott's recent series on ZDNet about a piece of malware called Mac Defender.

After all, Bott has made a career writing books (more than two dozen), editing magazines (PC Computing and PC World) and writing columns about Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, a family of operating systems so riddled with viruses, worms, trojan horses and other infectious malware that without adequate protection they quickly become unusable.

So to write nine pieces in four weeks in Ed Bott's Microsoft Report that issue alarms and warnings about "serious malware" coming to a system (Mac OS X) that doesn't need antiviral protection might seem disingenuous. And indeed, he was neatly skewered early on by Daring Fireball's John Gruber, who trotted out a collection of similar dire warnings dating back to 2004. (See Apple malware: Six years of crying wolf.)

But Bott is actually doing Apple and its customers a favor.


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