The Newton Virus: Hitting a Mac near you?

The Newton Virus

The Newton virus is a perfectly inoffensive little Mac application that will never replicate itself, mail itself to your contact list or delete any of your files. According to its designer, it was made to revive the golden era of “fun” viruses, which were created to make pranks upon your friends. The little critter comes on a USB key that looks like a cross between an evil Apple logo and a carnivore PacMan. If you want to infect someone with it, all you need to do it to plug the device on a Mac system for a few seconds and remove it. The Virus will then execute itself at a completely random time, and it will do so only once. Check out the following video to see it in all its destructive glory.



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28 Responses to The Newton Virus: Hitting a Mac near you?

    • I know some macbooks have some kind of sensors, which can allow applications to simulate gravity when turning the system around…

      • All Apple laptops since the Jan 2005 version of the PowerBook and the mid-05 version of the iBook have had a sensor in the hard drive that detects motion so the hard drive will stop spinning if it senses that it’s falling. Since then some non-Apple laptops have had Hard Drives with a Sudden Motion Sensor.

        • Actually IBM came up with the technology you speak of. But the thing that makes Macs know which way is up is actually due to their acceleremeter. The same thing they have been using in the iphone and ipod touch. So dont give credit to mac for another technology they didnt create. Next your gonna say they invented the OLED.

  1. i think it has something to do with the hard drive sensor. awhile back when the macbooks first came out people had written all kinds of software for it. like playing a monkey ball clone by tilting your macbook around. i think it’s also how the lightsaber application works as well.

    this is definitely a super neat virus. hopefully no super genius deices to make is lethal. =P

    • I know some macbooks have some kind of sensors, which can allow applications to simulate gravity when turning the system around…

      • All Apple laptops since the Jan 2005 version of the PowerBook and the mid-05 version of the iBook have had a sensor in the hard drive that detects motion so the hard drive will stop spinning if it senses that it's falling. Since then some non-Apple laptops have had Hard Drives with a Sudden Motion Sensor.

        • Actually IBM came up with the technology you speak of. But the thing that makes Macs know which way is up is actually due to their acceleremeter. The same thing they have been using in the iphone and ipod touch. So dont give credit to mac for another technology they didnt create. Next your gonna say they invented the OLED.

  2. i think it has something to do with the hard drive sensor. awhile back when the macbooks first came out people had written all kinds of software for it. like playing a monkey ball clone by tilting your macbook around. i think it's also how the lightsaber application works as well.

    this is definitely a super neat virus. hopefully no super genius deices to make is lethal. =P

  3. Its called “sudden motion sensor” or accelerometer. Very acurate. This what tries to shut down you hard drive when you drop your notebook to the floor.

  4. Its called "sudden motion sensor" or accelerometer. Very acurate. This what tries to shut down you hard drive when you drop your notebook to the floor.

  5. Quote: “The Newton virus is a perfectly inoffensive little Mac application that will never replicate itself, mail itself to your contact list or delete any of your files. According to its designer, it was made to revive the golden era of “fun” viruses, which were created to make pranks upon your friends. ”

    Hahah… No thanks. I don’t need it on my computer. What he calls “fun virus” is in fact nasty annoyance that no Mac user would appreciate.

    Daniel

    • Daniel here is apparently trying to imply that anybody with a sense of humor would never want to use a Mac. Other Mac users out there, would you say that’s accurate?

  6. Quote: "The Newton virus is a perfectly inoffensive little Mac application that will never replicate itself, mail itself to your contact list or delete any of your files. According to its designer, it was made to revive the golden era of “fun” viruses, which were created to make pranks upon your friends. "

    Hahah… No thanks. I don't need it on my computer. What he calls "fun virus" is in fact nasty annoyance that no Mac user would appreciate.

    Daniel

    • Daniel here is apparently trying to imply that anybody with a sense of humor would never want to use a Mac. Other Mac users out there, would you say that's accurate?

  7. Sounds cool…

    Does anyone know how the application runs itself!!!!

    As I know Mac has stopped the auto run feature since 2006!!!

    It's interesting to know this!!!

  8. Sounds cool…
    Does anyone know how the application runs itself!!!!
    As I know Mac has stopped the auto run feature since 2006!!!

    It’s interesting to know this!!!

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