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Malware: OSX/MacDefender.F and OSX/MacDefender.G
Risk: Medium; effective SEO poisoning has led many Mac users to this type of malware, and no administrator password is required to install this new variant.
Description: On May 2, 2011, Intego discovered the MAC Defender fake antivirus, which targets Mac users via SEO poisoning attacks (web sites set up to take advantage of search engine optimization tricks to get malicious sites to appear at the top of search results). Since then, several variants have appeared: MacDefender, MacProtector and MacSecurity, all of which are the same application using different names. The goal of this fake antivirus software is to trick users into providing their credit card numbers to supposedly clean out infected files on their Macs.
Intego today discovered a new variant of this malware that functions slightly differently. It comes in two parts. The first part is a downloader, a tool that, after installation, downloads a payload from a web server. As with the Mac Defender malware variants, this installation package, called avSetup.pkg, is downloaded automatically when a user visits a specially crafted web site.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
reply to post by arriana
Thanks, but does this malware affect the phone/ pad and MAC computers in the same way?
As semper mentioned, MACs were fairly free from these attacks due to limited market share.. I am just wondering if this huge spike in portable tablets / internet capable phones, has the Apple share of the market now reached the level that their users must approach their security options more in line to what PC users have had to do for years?
Originally posted by semperfortis
It was only a matter of time IMO
The single most prominent reason MAC is "supposedly" free from threats, is the small amount of the market they hold..
The more popular they become, the more likely some Geeks somewhere will begin to write malicious code specifically for the MAC..
Get a PC and properly protect it.. IMO of course...
Apple takes on Mac Defender Scam
After days of silence Apple is now addressing the high-profile virus that is threatening to ruin the pristine virus free world of the Mac OS.
"In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants," the company stated. "The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware."
The company is fighting what security experts say may be the most pernicious types of computer virus to ever target its users.
MAC Defender variant quickly thwarts Apple's Mac OS X security update
A day after Apple released a security update for Mac OS X to address the "MAC Defender" malware, a new variant of the bogus antivirus software has been spotted in the wild.
As first reported by Ed Bott at ZDNet, the new variation of MAC Defender, named "Mdinstall.pkg," has been crafted to bypass the new malware-blocking code made available by Apple. That update for Mac OS X, Security Update 2011-003, was released on Tuesday.
Originally posted by gabbermatt
Oh this makes me so happy. Finally I can start telling people that say 'But i have a mac' to stop bein so cocky. This is good news. =)