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There was indeed a developer who added a script to his app so if it detected a pirated serial it would wipe the drive. This was back in 2004/2005. I don't remember exactly what it was although I remember we (we as in... well..) definitely lambasted him. He later removed it.... It was a shareware app... Damn..can't think of what it was called.

At any rate... It did happen.
I was curious about this, and tried to find out what it exactly it was. Only found this link though.

http://unsanity.org/archives/000361.php
    
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I was curious about this, and tried to find out what it exactly it was. Only found this link though.

http://unsanity.org/archives/000361.php
Yar, that would be it. Like I said, it was years ago, and I can't remember the name of the Dev or the App in question, but it certainly DID happen. Your google skills must be better than mine as I couldn't even find that link when I searched.
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You worked at an Apple store?
Nope, Worked at my College's IT department for 3 years. You name an issue with a computer, Ive probably seen it or seen worse....

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Certified repair shops don't care at all, but if they need to ship back to Apple, they can deny for damage if they see it fit. When I worked in a shop, we didn't usually get many denied for damage that weren't obvious (monitor not working with a busted hinge, etc).

Usually, laptops that are beaten up are out of AppleCare warranty, so it isn't an issue and a certified shop will repair it regardless.
We were certified at Miami, but ytou risk losing the certification if apple finds out that you are repairing computers with physical damage so we followed Apples guidelines when it came to the Macs. Also, Ive seen beaten up Macbooks and macbook pros that are well within the applecare timeframe. College students dont care about their computers at all when mommy and daddy buy them for them.....
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Finally, reality finally came to the mac community. I hope now they can see a mac is NOT perfect, is not immune to viruses, and hopefully is NOT worth an extra $1000

I like macs, but I do not like the majority of the apple fan base. They are very arrogant and know nothing about computers except what great mother apple and the genuses tell them.
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Certified repair shops don't care at all, but if they need to ship back to Apple, they can deny for damage if they see it fit. When I worked in a shop, we didn't usually get many denied for damage that weren't obvious (monitor not working with a busted hinge, etc).

Usually, laptops that are beaten up are out of AppleCare warranty, so it isn't an issue and a certified shop will repair it regardless.
I've never used a 3rd party repair shop, I just take it to the Apple store.
My MBP just fell off the bed after falling asleep watching movies lots of times. It's still within warranty.
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Finally, reality finally came to the mac community. I hope now they can see a mac is NOT perfect, is not immune to viruses, and hopefully is NOT worth an extra $1000

I like macs, but I do not like the majority of the apple fan base. They are very arrogant and know nothing about computers except what great mother apple and the genuses tell them.
Really? Cos there's been malware on OS X since it's inception. This is not news, this not a "finally" moment, MacDefender is NOT a Virus, and their products really ARE worth what you're paying for.

I know, hard to believe because 95% of OCN says otherwise. Then again, 95% of that 95% has never even touched OS X. Then again, I make up numbers 100% of the time to justify my responses.

I find it funny how arrogant "PC users" are when it comes to Apple. They call Apple-users smug and arrogant, yet you never hear an Apple-user claiming the same. I wonder why that is? Who's really the smug and arrogant ones? Ah... logic.
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This is a trojan and not a virus. There is a difference people. All platforms are suceptable to this type of trickery and all platforms have a few fools who fall for it. A virus is a self replicating program that is involuntary.
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I find it funny how arrogant "PC users" are when it comes to Apple. They call Apple-users smug and arrogant, yet you never hear an Apple-user claiming the same. I wonder why that is? Who's really the smug and arrogant ones? Ah... logic.
I find it funny when people answer their own questions. You've never worked in the repair business have you?
    
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Related to this thread and others like the one claiming Mac Defender thwarted the OSX Security Update, Apple's XProtect updated its signatures as well:

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Yesterday, we noted that the attackers behind the "Mac Defender" malware had moved quickly to combat Apple's new security update, within hours releasing a new variant of the malware that was capable of skirting around Apple's new protection.

Xprotect.plist before (left) and after (right) latest update to address new Mac Defender variant

Fortunately for users, Apple has moved almost as quickly as the attackers, quashing any potential fears that the company might be slow to respond to each new threat that appears. As reported by Italian site Spider-Mac [Google translation], Apple has already issued an update to detect the new variant, pushing out a new entry for "OSX.MacDefender.C" to the Xprotect.plist file that contains the signatures for identifying malware.

After the update, users are indeed presented with a warning if they begin to download the latest variant:

As part of the security update earlier this week, Apple included a system to automatically update the Xprotect.plist anti-malware definitions every 24 hours, giving the company the ability to quickly push out new protection for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users. While this is unlikely to be the end of the Mac Defender attackers' efforts, it does appear that Apple is committed to responding and issuing updates to its users as quickly as the attackers can churn out new variants.

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/02/...e-definitions/
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