By John Gruber
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Steve Hargreaves, reporting for CNN.com:
Apple computers have long been prized for being relatively virus-free. But as more people use Apple products, experts say the company is increasingly becoming a target for cyber pranksters and criminals writing viruses and other forms of malware.
The threat was highlighted earlier this week after a handful of the company’s iPods were shipped with the RavMonE.exe virus.
Hargreaves’s article does not mention — not once — that the virus on these iPods only attacks computers running Microsoft Windows. No argument from me that this iPods-shipping-with-a-virus incident is embarrassing for Apple and worrisome for its customers — but not mentioning that the virus is a Windows virus is a rather egregious omission for an article headlined “Mac Attacks Rare but Rising”.
So congratulations to Steve Hargreaves for completing the trifecta: the third Jackass of the Week of the week.
Update: As of 5 p.m. EDT, the second paragraph of the article now reads (emphasis added):
The threat was highlighted earlier this week after a handful of the company’s iPods were shipped with the RavMonE.exe virus, which targeted iPods used with Microsoft Windows-based computers.
The Jackass award remains in place — pointing out that the iPod virus only affects Windows is good, but the point remains that it isn’t a sign that Macs are increasingly under attack.
Update 2: CNN has also changed the headline to the somewhat less sensational “Security Analysts: Mac Attacks Rare but May Rise”.