New Apple Video iPods Carrying Windows Virus

I’ve held off commenting on this news story, Small Number of Video iPods Shipped With Windows Virus, from apple computers, mainly because I didn’t want it to become or be part of the usual Apple and Microsoft bashings that seem to take place whenever an Apple or Microsoft story like this one pops up. But, Apple recently discovered and 1% of the Video iPods that were made available after September 12, 2006 were infected with the RavMonE.exe virus, a virus that only affects Windows and some of it’s side effects are: Allows others to access the computer, Reduces system security, Leaves non-infected files on computer and Opens links to websites. Apple took their mistake and turned it into an attack on Microsoft saying,

As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not catching it. Source: Apple.com

Now, this has nothing to do with how secure Windows is, this is on Apple all of the way, saying it’s Microsoft’s fault that they don’t do better quality checks is simply crazy. An expert in such situations is Jonathan Poon, the man in charge of scanning Microsoft products for viruses before they ship. Here’s what he has to say about it,

“It’s not a matter of which platform the virus originated [on]. The fact that it’s found on the portable player means that there’s an issue with how the quality checks, specifically the content check, was done,” Poon wrote in a blog entry.

“That Apple would blame Microsoft demonstrates a lack of understanding of remedial security and manufacturing processes. Virus was only a symptom of the problem. Apple didn’t know what they were shipping,” Abrams said. Source: Yahoo

An apple representative, Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPod product marketing at Apple, defended the companies processes, it’s quality control and manufacturing process,

“It was an exception to our process,” he said. “We believe we have a good process and we’re going forward.”

Joswiak also stood by the company’s statement regarding Windows.

“Isn’t that true?” he responded when asked about the company’s statement about Windows not being robust in the face of viruses.

Sure it’s true, but that doesn’t have anything to do with how apple checks its hardware. This is similar to the recent story where McDonald’s admitted that 10,000 MP3 players that were given away in a promotion in Japan also contained a worm, identified as WORM-QQPASS.ADH. They offered to replace all of the infected MP3 players, something the experts say helped McDonalds handle the situation better than Apple.