Bott quotes an anonymous AppleCare support rep that the Mac Defender scam is a growing problem, and here links to a bunch of threads on Apple’s support forum from affected users. Trojans aren’t a new problem on Mac OS X — trick a user into installing an app with admin privileges and the game’s over. Mac Defender isn’t an indication that Mac users need anti-malware software — in fact, the reason it appears to be succeeding is that it preys on uninformed users’ belief that they might need anti-malware software.
So, for the sake of argument, let’s take it as a given that this sort of thing is becoming more common. What can Apple do? Think about it. (My guess: think about why the iPhone and iPad, despite being far more popular than the Mac, have no trojan horses.)
1) Ed Bott's Microsoft Report
2) Yesterday I spent several hours going through discussions.apple.com and collecting requests for help from Mac users who have been affected by this issue. I found more than 200 separate discussion threads,
Maybe I'm getting a little to cynical when it comes to hyperbole but when I saw "malware explosion" I was expecting some serious ripples, not a ~200 users on a support forum, hell I'm pretty sure ubuntu has had at least 100x as many people complain about the new interface in Ubuntu 11.04, yet I don't recall any explosions.
3) Mac Defender isn’t an indication that Mac users need anti-malware software — in fact, the reason it appears to be succeeding is that it preys on uninformed users’ belief that they might need anti-malware software.
As generally well informed people know, an Anti-Malware or Anti-Virus product is the very last, end of the line, "why didn't you have anything else in place to prevent this", security tool, the windows mentality of anti-malware solves all your problems is going to take a long time to get users to get out of.
Anti-virus and Anti-Malware companies coming out and saying that you have a problem that they can fix? Even if you don't have a problem and they couldn't fix it anyway? Such fine companies, not selling their products based on fear, funnily enough the exact same tactic the scam anti-malware apps take as well.
There's more but I cbf, just waiting for this to die in a fire like every other mass explosion of malware that seems to have been happening every year for the last forever.