Mac virus-writing contest cancelled

A $25,000 Mac virus-writing competition has been cancelled – because Apple is worried about the real possibility of people creating one.

The contest, run by DVForge, was intended to undermine recent suggestions by Symantec that threats against OS X were on the rise. But Apple security experts warned that such a virus was possible, and a lawyer warned that encouraging its creation could be regarded as illegal, prompting the company to pull the competition.

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