I just stumbled across an eHow article on “How to delete a Facebook Virus on the Mac” by Krystle Vermes. Technically, I’m not sure that there are Facebook viruses as I’d understand the term, and I don’t normally work in Facebook on a Mac in any case, so I’ll have to see if I can find time to look more closely at that.
However, I did notice that my “Viruses and the Macintosh” FAQ for Usenet is cited in the references. That worries me a little, because the version referenced there is 1.62a. Or 1.6b, depending on which end of the document you look at. Either way, it’s over ten years old. And that, my friends, is because I no longer have access to the credentials that would allow me to update or delete it, or stop it being re-posted on Usenet.
And yes, I would remove it if I could. Not because it’s “wrong” or because I’m ashamed of it, but because it’s hopelessly obsolete. There was actually a version 2 available for a while on the ICSAlabs web site, but I don’t think it’s been there for years. Nor should it be, because that content is also obsolete.
So where is version 3? Well, there’s probably a case for putting one together, but that will take time. In the meantime, I guess maybe I’ll look back at the text for the two previous versions and see if there’s anything worth revisiting as the basis for a version 3. I may put them up here along with some other papers for their historical interest, too, as long as people don’t get misled into thinking that they’re current.
David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
AVIEN Chief Operations Officer
ESET Research Fellow & Director of Malware Intelligence