Delicious Monster's Wil Shipley is offering $500 for proof that a Mac virus exists. Apparently, he's tired of the claims made by journalists that the Mac is "nearly" virus-free.
"if a reporter asked you, "Hey, do you have herpes?" and you replied, "Nope, I've been tested, no herpes, never," and then they wrote an article with the headline, "Bob Smith: Mostly Herpes-Free," you would, no doubt, flip (assuming your name was Bob Smith)."
Basic rules of the contest: prove that a Mac virus existed prior to September 20, 2005. Not a proof-of-concept, not a theory, but a real, live, propagating, evil, wicked virus.
Interesting ... if I recall ... there has been ONE virus ... called Michelangelo back in the early 90's. I know that it affected Macs at the very least ... proving infection might be different. Since Macs can read PC disks; and floppies were regularly exchanged amongst PC clients to their media producing Mac business partners ... I don't know ... I'm almost certain that was ONE.
FixYourThinking readers may remember that Jack Campbell tried his hands at a "Virus Contest" - it was thoroughly covered here with exclusive content and insight.
I feel this contest differs, especially in intelligent execution as it asks for a virus that was created PRIOR to the contest date. Of course $500 is also a realistic prize offering that could actually be paid out too. We all know Jack had no intention or resource to pay out the $25,000 he offered (and quickly pulled).
I still don't like this "egging on" by big mouthed Mac jornalists and Apple developers ... honestly ... I think this is a subject that breeds "hacking & virus writing" rather than discourages it or helps prevent it!
Read: A Jacked Up Virus
* parts of this story - attributed to MacSlash
* links regarding Jack Campbell removed