28 November 2007 @ 17:20A Sick Feeling in My Gut
Over the past week some Mac sites (four that I know of) were defaced by someone calling himself “malcor”. This, in turn, brought about some panic in the security and WordPress communities. A couple security firms blogged about the incident (Avert Labs, Blogvis.com) which only served to increase the awareness/panic.
The so-called hacker named “malcor” was actually a fictional character created by MacHeist to promote their upcoming MacHeist II shareware distribution. John Gruber wrote an interesting article last year documenting what some might consider “shady” business practices. Last week’s events only serve confirm the foolishness and selfishness of the MacHeist team.
Apologies can be found here:
Stunts like this do nothing but tarnish the Mac community, and scare off potential Mac adopters. This I’m sure has also resulted in bad PR for some hosting companies and CMS providers such as WordPress.
My recommendation to all is to avoid supporting organizations like MacHeist. Do independent developers a favor and support them by making donations directly to the developers and/or paying them for licenses.
Update: It seems that others share some of my sentiments: