Apple accessory firm DVForge has withdrawn its offer of a $25,000 reward to the first person to infect two G5 PowerMacs with an OS X virus.
Plans to hold a $25,000 virus writing competition to infect the Apple OS X have been scrapped after the company behind the scheme backed down over “legal problems” and complaints from Mac customers.
Tennessee-based Apple accessories company DVForge announced the competition after security company Symantec claimed OS X was likely to come under increasing attack as Apple’s share in the computer market grew.
DVForge said it had so much faith in the security of OS X it did not believe a virus writer could disable the operating system.
“The contest was only cancelled because I was convinced on Saturday morning that there was some minor risk of federal law violation in continuing,” the head of DVForge, Jack Campbell, wrote. “I have been stunned by Mac users writing to us who seem to prefer to live in fear and uncertainty, with their heads down, feeling ‘lucky’ for the moment, rather than to actually know the truth.”
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