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Bad Apples: Mac Malware through the Years

Bad Apples: Mac Malware through the Years | Apple, Mac, MacOS, 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.

 

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July 9: Doomsday for Your PC or Mac If It Has This Malware

July 9: Doomsday for Your PC or Mac If It Has This Malware | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A trojan that hijacks how your computer accesses the Internet could cut off thousands of machines this summer.

 

There’s a trojan out there that tricks computers — both PCs and Macs — into redirecting all their Internet traffic through malicious servers. Even though the trojan’s creators have been stopped and arrested, millions of PCs could still be infected.

 

===> For those machines, the Internet will cease to exist on July 9. <===

 

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Python-based malware attack targets Macs. Windows PCs also under fire

Python-based malware attack targets Macs. Windows PCs also under fire | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A new malware attack is targeting Mac computers with a Python-based backdoor Trojan.

And Windows computers aren't getting away scott free either.
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Sophos warns of Mac OS security vulnerabilities

Sophos warns of Mac OS security vulnerabilities | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Mac computers are not immune to viruses...

 

SECURITY VENDOR Sophos' senior technology consultant Graham Cluley warns that it's time for Apple users to take notice of the threats facing Mac OS X operating systems by securing their computers with antivirus software.


Source: The Inquirer (http://s.tt/1abnN)

 

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Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness

Apple “ten years behind Microsoft” in malware readiness | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Apple is a decade behind Microsoft in terms of Mac malware security, research firm Kaspersky has contentiously suggested, something it predicts the Cupertino firm will quickly realize in a fast-approaching storm of rogue software.

 

“I think they are ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security” company CEO Eugene Kaspersky told Computer Business Review at a security event this week, predicting a torrent of malware is incoming for OS X and that Apple will have to pull its boots up in order to handle it.

 

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Java-Malware infiziert Windows- und Mac-Rechner

Java-Malware infiziert Windows- und Mac-Rechner | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Ein kürzlich entdeckter Schädling nutzt die gleiche Java-Schwachstelle wie Flashback, kann jedoch sowohl Mac- als auch Windows-Rechner infizieren und eine Hintertür öffnen.

 

Symantec bezeichnet das Java-Applet als "Trojan.Maljava" und die nachgeladenen Komponenten als "Trojan.Dropper" sowie "Backdoor.Trojan". Anwender, die Java installiert haben, sollten prüfen, ob sie die neueste Version haben und andernfalls entweder Java aktualisieren oder deaktivieren.

 

===> Zur Überprüfung kann diese Web-Seite auf java.com http://www.java.com/de/download/installed.jsp dienen. <===

 

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Macs, iPhones, iPads Are Now Bigger Targets for Malware, Attackers

Macs, iPhones, iPads Are Now Bigger Targets for Malware, Attackers | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
The recent Flashback malware attack, which at its height infected more than 600,000 Macs- or more than 1 percent of all systems in use worldwide- not only was the largest such incident involving Apple systems, but also the latest in a string of...
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Macs More Likely to Carry Windows Malware Than Mac Malware

Macs More Likely to Carry Windows Malware Than Mac Malware | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
One in five Mac computers is likely to carry Windows malware, but only one in 36 is likely to be infected with malware specifically designed for the Mac OS X, according to study performed by antivirus firm Sophos.
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Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012

Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012 | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Vendors of the most vulnerable OS/software from January to March 2012

 

Read more: http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/security-intelligence/reports/rpt_security_in_the_age_of_mobility.pdf

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Flashback Virus Infects Computers at University of Iowa

Flashback Virus Infects Computers at University of Iowa | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Fresher students at University of Iowa lately were unable to access the other UI computers when the Flashback virus reportedly infected the campus network.
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WordPress gets updated for security issues

WordPress gets updated for security issues | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
WordPress installations received a security upgrade on Friday to patch a number of vulnerabilities.

 

The update to version 3.3.2, as well as 3.4 Beta 3, fixes issues in file uploaders Plupload and SWFUpload, and Adobe Flash embedding tool SWFObject. The new version also comes with fixes for several privilege escalation and cross-site scripting bugs.

 

Cyber criminals heavily use vulnerable WordPress sites to spread malware, and they may have been utilized in the recent Flashback trojan attacks on Mac OS X systems.

 

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New Flashback variant silently infects Macs

New Flashback variant silently infects Macs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A new Flashback Trojan has been discovered that infects Macs without prompting the user for a password.
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Noch 550.000 Macs mit Flashback verseucht

Noch 550.000 Macs mit Flashback verseucht | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

Trotz gegenteiliger Meldung: Noch 550.000 Macs mit Flashback verseucht
Obwohl Zahlen von Kaspersky erst etwas anderes sagten, warnt Dr. Web davor, den Apple-Ausnahmezustand vorzeitig zu beenden. Laut seiner aktuellen Statistik seien noch immer 556.000 Macintoshs infiziert. Dieser Ansicht schließt sich auch Symantec an.

 

Sollten die Zahlen von Dr. Web korrekt sein, steht Apple noch viel Arbeit bevor. Bislang hat das Unternehmen drei Java-Updates veröffentlicht. Das jüngste soll Flashback von Macs mit OS X Lion und OS X Snow Leopard entfernen. Diese Updates sind aber nur effektiv, wenn sie auch installiert werden, was nach Untersuchungen von Sicherheitsforschern nicht alle Nutzer machen. Zudem verwenden rund 17 Prozent der Mac-Anwender eine ältere Version von Mac OS X, für die es keine Sicherheitsupdates gibt. Das entspricht rund 10 Millionen Apple-Computern.

 

Unabhängigen Sicherheitsexperten zufolge handelte es sich bei Flashback um die bislang größte Infektion von Apples Mac-Plattform.

 

===> Die Zeiten, in denen Mac OS als immun gegen Schaftsoftware aller Art galt, seien endgültig vorbei. <===

 

 

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Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response

Flashback malware exposes big gaps in Apple security response | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A pair of high-profile malware attacks have given Apple a crash course in security response.

 

===> A MUST READ for Apple users!!! <===

 

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New data shows older OS X versions more susceptible to malware

New data shows older OS X versions more susceptible to malware | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
New details about the extent of the Mac-specific Flashback malware epidemic emerged today.
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Hackers re-target Apple Mac OS with Flashback Java security vulnerability

Hackers re-target Apple Mac OS with Flashback Java security vulnerability | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Cyber criminals using same exploit to infect Windows and Mac OS machines with new malware...
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Sécurité : "Apple doit s'inspirer de Microsoft"

Sécurité : "Apple doit s'inspirer de Microsoft" | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Apple a des leçons à prendre chez Microsoft en matière de sécurité, c'est le contast dressé par Eugene Kaspersky, le PDG de l'éditeur de logiciels spécialisés qui porte son nom.

 

===> Utilisateurs Mac, apprenez la sécurité informatique dès à présent ! <===

 

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Big Mac Attack: Apple Security Bruised after OS X Infections: Scientific American

Big Mac Attack: Apple Security Bruised after OS X Infections: Scientific American | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Malware like Flashback, which has infected hundreds of thousands of Macs, could become commonplace as cyber attackers target Apple...
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Apple en tête des OS poreux au cours du 1er trimestre 2012

Apple en tête des OS poreux au cours du 1er trimestre 2012 | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Apple : Ces OS palme d’or des failles de sécurité Un document rendu public par l'éditeur de solutions de sécurité Trend Micro souligne que la firm...

 

La firme de Cupertino s’affiche en tête de liste des premiers fournisseurs IT de toute la planète en termes de systèmes d’exploitation vulnérables et de failles facilement exploitables par des logiciels malveillants.

 

Retenez que cette vulnérabilité s’étend également sur ses applications. Remettez que Apple a souvent négligé le volet sécurité de ses logiciels à cause du mythe de « l’OS citadelle imprenables »

 

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New, Sneakier Flashback Malware Infects Macs

New, Sneakier Flashback Malware Infects Macs | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
A new, sneakier variant of the Flashback malware was uncovered yesterday by the French security firm Intego.

 

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1 in 5 Macs has malware on it!

1 in 5 Macs has malware on it! | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
One in every five Mac computers is harbouring some kind of malware, a new study from the experts at Sophos has revealed.

Sophos has revealed a disturbingly high level of malware on Mac computers...

 

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Rapport trimestriel Trend Micro sur les menaces informatiques

Rapport trimestriel Trend Micro sur les menaces informatiques | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Trend Micro annonce les résultats de son premier « intelligence report » de l’année sur les tendances et menaces informatiques.

 

===> Apple a dépassé Oracle, Google et Microsoft en nombre de vulnérabilités de sécurité identifiées avec un total de 91. <===

 

Oracle arrive en seconde position avec 78, Google en troisième avec 73 et enfin Microsoft en quatrième avec 43 vulnérabilités identifiées. Indépendamment d’une plus grande fragilité par rapport aux virus, Apple a fournit un nombre record de patchs durant le mois de mars dernier.

 

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Drastic drop of Flashbackridden Macs appears premature

Drastic drop of Flashbackridden Macs appears premature | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
At least two security firms that estimated a significant drop in Mac systems infected with the datastealing Flashback trojan admit they made erroneous calls.

 

The company said its ===> count may have been distorted because a third-party sinkhole that used a “tarpitting” technique to prevent the malware from attempting to connect to subsequent domains, such as the one set up by Symantec to tally the number of infected Macs, Liam O Murchu, director of operations at the company's Security Response Center, said in an email Monday to SCMagazine.com. <===

 

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Both Mac and Windows are Targeted at Once!

Both Mac and Windows are Targeted at Once! | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it
Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world.

 

Symantec Security Response, along with some other security vendors, reported the discovery of the OSX.Flashback malware recently patched by Apple. Many people may be surprised to learn the infection volume is reported at over 600,000 computers.

On a new front, we have recently identified new Java Applet malware, which uses the Oracle Java SE Remote Java Runtime Environment Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0507) to download its payload.

 

This attack vector is the same as the older one, but in this case the Java Applet checks which OS it is running on and downloads a suitable malware for the OS. This is explained further in the following illustration...

 

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New Java trojan and old MS Word vulnerabilities need patching

New Java trojan and old MS Word vulnerabilities need patching | Apple, Mac, MacOS, iOS4, iPad, iPhone and (in)security... | Scoop.it

According to fresh warnings by security vendor Intego, another Java vulnerability is attacking Macs that haven’t been patched with Apple’s Java for OS X Lion 2012-002 and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 7, released earlier this month.

 

Meanwhile, the security analysts warned that many copies of older versions of MS Word haven’t been patched and are being infected.

 

The Word vulnerability was patched by Microsoft several years ago, however, many Mac users haven’t bothered to install the patches or have turned off the automated Microsoft updates installer. According to Integro, MS Word 2004 and 2008 are vulnerable, but Word 2011 is not. In addition, the older .DOC format is vulnerable, not the .DOCX format.

 

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