Posted by: David Harley | December 23, 2012

Pre-Xmas Catchup and Elk Cloner revisited

Not that Elk Cloner was a Mac Virus (it dates back to the Apple II), but it still seems to interest people: most recently, in an interview by The Register’s John Leyden with its perpetrator, Rik Skrenta. I couldn’t resist commenting for Infosecurity Magazine: Send in the Clones. I may miss the days when viruses were seen once in a blue moon, but that doesn’t mean I have to be nostalgic about old-school virus writers.

Talking of Infosecurity Magazine, Kevin Townsend quoted me in After Zitmo comes Citmo – Carberp in the mobile (moving into Android country) and again in Smartphone security checker from the FCC, concerning the FCC’s checklist for smartphone users. I have some reservations about that checklist, but most smartphone users would be safer if they made use of it.

Mac and I wish you the compliments of the season and all the best for the New Year.

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Mac Virus/Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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