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Apple to push Mac security update as new variants of MacDefender emerge

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 26 May 2011 19:27 User comments (2)

Apple to push Mac security update as new variants of MacDefender emerge Apple is pushing out a promised update for Mac users to remove and prevent infection of MacDefender variants, as another variant comes out thats harder to avoid.
MacDefender malware, including MacProtector and MacSecurity, were installed by thousands of Mac users who found them in search results targeted by their developers. The scareware works just the same as similar scams work with PCs; presenting fake security scan results and offering to remove the phony malware for a fee.

Some people are thought to have become infected because of the default Safari settings, allowing software to be downloaded and queued for installation.

Those who install it and then fall for the fake results could end up paying as much as $70.

Now a new variant of MacDefender, picked up by security firms, does not require any user permission to install on a system. Intego is recommending that Mac users disable the Safari feature that allows files deemed "safe" to be installed automatically.

The new MacDefender variant is also spreading the same was as the older ones, by targeting popular Mac-related search results.

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2 user comments

128.5.2011 12:49

First $ony and now Crapple...ROFLMAO!!!!!!! Seriously it's a bad time to be "secure" and "unhackable".



Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

228.5.2011 14:16

Originally posted by dEwMe:
First $ony and now Crapple...ROFLMAO!!!!!!! Seriously it's a bad time to be "secure" and "unhackable".


Laughimg inside..!
The whole of Apple Fanboys think no virus, malware can effect their MAC(s).
Sorry to spoil your perfect world but now that Apple has enough market share to get the attention of crooks......

I don't want to say I told you so but...........hahahahahahaha!!

My first love was the Amiga. I knew when to bail out.
No developers generating software, no new customers. Sad really but life goes on.
I was was friends with the father of the Amiga (Jay Minor RIP) and several developers.
When the company was sold to Commodore I knew the gig was up. Idiots at the time at Commodore.
Jeff

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