Time for Apple users to heed a lesson Windows users have long learned the hard way: Don’t hand out your cell phone number to untrusted applications downloaded from the Web.
On Tuesday, Russian antivirus firm Doctor Web reported the appearance of a new strain of Mac-focused malware that queries users for their cellphone number when they try to install a piece of legitimate software. If the user enters a phone number, he or she receives a text message asking for a reply with a registration code. Responding implicitly signs up the user for a series of recurring mobile charges to their carrier’s account.
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