Apple Malware Should End Complacency

The discovery that many Mac owners have been infected by a piece of malware called Mac Defender should serve as a warning to those (including Apple) who repeat the mantra that Macs don't get virii.

They certainly do.

Now there may be many magnitudes less variety in the types and nature of Mac malware when compared to Windows, but constantly telling new users that such things don't exist leads to complacency when installing software.

Mac Defender sounds like a particularly unpleasant way of extracting cash from Mac users and I expect those who have been caught out will be less than happy to hear it at this late stage, but even your Mac isn't immune and a degree of common sense and attention needs to be employed when using any computer on the internet.