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Tech Stuff and random observations on life as I see it….
I am sure that most of you reading this will already be aware of this issue, if so, move along… Nothing to see.. Likewise, if you are a user of Windows you can stop, point, say I told you so and then move on…. Otherwise please read on…
Users of Mac OSX have up until now been relatively immune to the virus problems occurring on Microsoft Windows which has had the largest market share for many years… It hasn’t lost it’s crown yet, but it has tipped slightly and late last year Mac sales tipped over the 10% level. This peeking over the parapets has come with it’s own set of problems…
It certainly isn’t the first virus to hit the Mac but its certainly the one that seems to have received the most press attention…. This particular one is going under the name MAC Defender which is similar in name to the legitimate site called MacDefender… It is also apparently coming out under the names Mac Protector and Mac Security too.. It has to be said, this Trojan is out to trap the unwary and a competent user will spot the Windows Explorer scan as false and will also (hopefully) be suspicious when asked to enter their password to install the application in the first place… However, you may want to make your less savvy friends and relatives know so they dont fall for the ploy.
The Trojan was identified by the Security firm Intego ( Link to the post here: “http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/02/intego-security-memo-macdefender-fake-antivirus/”) and it is spread through SEO poisoning (web sites set up to take advantage of search engine optimisation tricks to get malicious sites to appear at the top of search results).
Intego have also said that their own VirusBarrier product will protect you from this Trojan.
More information and screenshots can be found on the Intego blog here: http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/02/intego-security-memo-macdefender-fake-antivirus/ and an update with notifications of new variants here: http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/05/intego-discovers-new-variants-of-mac-defender-fake-antivirus/
Here’s a link to an official Intego You Tube video showing you the whole infection process…