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Bad Apples: Mac Malware through the Years

Bad Apples: Mac Malware through the Years | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

With the recent glut of high profile Mac-based malware like MacDefender and Flashback, it’s easy to forget that Macintosh computers (and Mac malware) have been kicking around for more than thirty years – longer, even, than Windows malware.

 

In fact, the first documented Mac virus actually predated some of the first PC viruses by a good four years. While conventional wisdom has always assumed that Macs are inherently safer than PCs, wider adoption of Macs in recent years has given rise to new and more sophisticated threats, with many suggesting that Apple’s honeymoon with malware authors may be over.

 

As this slideshow of Mac Malware through the years shows, however, Apple machines are no strangers to malicious software.

 

Read more and don't forget "Nobody is perfect ;)"...

 

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Another OS X Trojan imitates Adobe Flash installer

Another OS X Trojan imitates Adobe Flash installer | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
In the wake of the latest OS X Trojan, a new one has surfaced that disguises itself as an Adobe Flash Player installer. Read this blog post by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt.
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Trojan:BASH/QHost.WB - F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab

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We've come across a fake FlashPlayer.pkg installer for Mac:
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Are you having a (Mac) Flashback?

Are you having a (Mac) Flashback? | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

On Monday, I provided steps on how to avoid your Mac being compromised by the Flashback trojan. Today I will provide information on how to locate a Flashback infection.

 

To better understand the steps below, it is better to also know a bit about Flashback. It's an OS X malware family that modifies the content displayed by web browsers. To achieve this, it interposes functions used by the Mac's browsers.

 

The hijacked functions vary between variants but generally include CFReadStreamRead and CFWriteStreamWrite: read more...

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Apple updates malware definitions for fake Flash Player trojan

Apple updates malware definitions for fake Flash Player trojan | Apple, Mac, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Apple has issued an update for its XProtect malware detection system so it will now identify the new Flash Player trojan that was recently found. Read this blog post by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt.
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