"Apple drops virus immunity claim for Macs
"Apple has dropped claims on its website that Mac computers do not get viruses, after hundreds of thousands of machines were hijacked by a Trojan."
I'd be interested in the source of these quotes. Apple never claimed that the Mac was immune to viruses. Nor did anyone in this thread from almost a year and a half ago. No one told you that Macs couldn't get viruses or other forms of malware. I would've called out anyone that did in that I was involved in the Usenet discussion that led to the creation of the first proof-of-concept Trojan horse for OS X nearly 7 years prior to your initial post. What we said, in the then-present tense, was that the threat of malware and spyware on the Mac was not sigificant enough for us to feel that the real detrimental effects of anti-malware software were justified. Macnuke's original response to you - that the user is the weak link - remains true.
"A very recent article in the Sunday Times (UK) reported that many Apps contained tracker/key logger/spyware."
I still stand by *my* initial response: That statement does not dine at the same table as reality. I still assert that anyone making such a claim bears the burden of providing supporting evidence rather than just tossing it off and letting fear and speculation run rampant.
Now: Does the appearance of Flashback several months ago require the opinions expressed early last year to be revisited? I would say no, on the technicality that I think such opinions should be revisited regularly regardless. Approaches to computer security must be able to evolve over time as the change in threats do. Has the reality of Flashback led to an actual change in those opinions? Not for me.