I'm going to put the gdgt community to a test to see if we can have a non-flame war discussion.
Basically the hacker is saying that MS takes security more serious than Apple (perhaps out of necessity right now) and that Mac security is no better than Windows. He also says that Mac users believe that they're more secure, even though they technically aren't; it's more of a market share thing.
From my PC user perspective, I think that Apple and it's users are in a false sense of security. Right now, it's not a big deal to not run anti-virus/malware and not have security patches out immediately, but eventually I think it will bite them in the ass since the Mac user base is growing more and more.
To Mac users, does it worry you that Apple doesn't take security seriously, at least according to the hacker from the article?
The biggest problem I foresee plaguing Mac users in the future is the mindset that many (most?) of them possess, in that they believe that there is nothing that can possibly harm them while surfing the web. Many (most?) Windows users are aware of the risks to which they are exposed while online in the same way that one is aware of the risks while crossing a road - if you're not careful, you're gonna get hit by a car. This kind of thinking doesn't exists within the Mac community, and when (not if) the hacker community gets into gear and starts focusing on attacking Macs, most users will be severely vulnerable, particularly to platform agnostic attacks, such as email scams.
In short, the most secure systems are those whose users understand that they're not secure.
It is a little weird though that if OSX is as vulnerable to exploits as Windows, why hasn't someone written some virus to gut the OSX installed base? I have a Mac and I've got nothing running on it that would stop anyone other than the out of the box firewall. I'm sure I'm in the vast majority. PC users on the other hand, all seem to be doing something to keep the bugs out. Even with the smaller installed base, given that so many of us are really sitting ducks you'd think someone would write something nasty just to wipe the complacent grins from our faces. I don't pretend to be an expert in virus writer psychology, but Mac users strike me as pretty much a dream target.
Does someone have a good explanation for that? Is it because the smaller installed base though growing hasn't hit a tipping point where the number of boxes is large enough to provide sufficient vectors for infections to effectively spread through the population? Not a great theory because if that was the only issue, you would expect to see a bunch of failed attempts to get viruses to propagate and they just aren't out there. But if it is the case, has anyone got an idea of where that tipping point might be? When we start getting close I'll have to change my stance on scanning software.
I'll also throw out there that Linux is just as suspect to attacks as Windows is. Despite the fact that typical Flash exploits wont work in Linux, it's incredibly easy to convince someone to just run a script. Not to long ago there was a headline on the Ubuntu Community forums saying "Do not run any scripts from untrusted posters". Simply because a lot of people are looking for easy walk through I can just write a generic script and say "Hey this will fix your problem with your video driver" and it will be nothing more than "rm -r /".
Realistically though it all comes down to market share.