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    OT: Mac Virus?

    [url]http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/117188[/url]

    For years, Mac users have long been rightfully smug about their platform's relative immunity to virus and malware attacks, but it's inevitable that those days will eventually come to an end. (As the Mac gains in popularity, it also earns more attention from malware developers, and it's this lack of malware being actively developed, not some special, inherent security, that have really kept the Mac a "safe" platform for the time being.)

    Now we're seeing one of the first moderately-sized exploits to take advantage of Mac users. The iServices.A Trojan horse is an attack being distributed via BitTorrent, where it's disguised as a bootleg copy of the new iWork 09. Once installed, the malware takes administrator access and connects to remote servers over the Internet, where it can be given additional instructions as the author commands, from installing additional malware to stealing information off the Mac in question. The malware creator can also take complete remote control of any compromised machine.

    Security firm Intego said that just 20,000 machines had been infected as of January 21 but that the risk of ongoing infection was "serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences" if they are stricken with the malware.

    Mac users are suggested to use common sense -- that is, don't try to download and installed pirated software -- and to update any antivirus definitions immediately. If you're a Mac user and aren't using security software, well, this might be a good time to start.

    As well, if you've been hit by this piece of malware, a removal tool is available here. (Please note: I have not tested it.)

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    Anyone have any good Mac spyware or security software?

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    or anyone have good security software for torrent downloads?

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    Just do it as it says...dont pirate the software...i mean..thats the risk with anything though

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    [QUOTE=tavarua6285;2987822][url]http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/117188[/url]

    For years, Mac users have long been rightfully smug about their platform's relative immunity to virus and malware attacks, but it's inevitable that those days will eventually come to an end. Now we're seeing one of the first moderately-sized exploits to take advantage of Mac users. The iServices.A Trojan horse is an attack being distributed via BitTorrent, where it's disguised as a bootleg copy of the new iWork 09. Once installed, the malware takes administrator access and connects to remote servers over the Internet, where it can be given additional instructions as the author commands, from installing additional malware to stealing information off the Mac in question. The malware creator can also take complete remote control of any compromised machine.

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2987844][IMG]http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e24/Aldotron/rolf.gif[/IMG]

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    huh SAR? you lost me pal

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    [QUOTE=tavarua6285;2987847]huh SAR? you lost me pal[/QUOTE]

    For years I've put up with the Apple zealots praying to their House of Jobs, putting down we Windows users.

    Their biggest battlecry? "You'll get a virus!"

    I did a search for "animated gif laughing" and the evil scientist hacking the innocent dog came up; sort of a metaphor for the Mac lovers. Their furry little puppy met the same fate from the evil underground.

    SAR I

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    [QUOTE=tavarua6285;2987839]or anyone have good security software for torrent downloads?[/QUOTE]

    LOL just download one from bittorrent,

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2987863]

    I did a search for "animated gif laughing" and the evil scientist hacking the innocent dog came up; sort of a metaphor for the Mac lovers. [/QUOTE]

    I just read an article about evil Mac Attackers anticipating the back-lash from Windows users against Mac users for making fun of them, installing a really bad virus (Mangingi'sZachbrett'08) in animated gif's of laughing.

    Anything happening yet?

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2987863]For years I've put up with the Apple zealots praying to their House of Jobs, putting down we Windows users.

    Their biggest battlecry? "You'll get a virus!"

    I did a search for "animated gif laughing" and the evil scientist hacking the innocent dog came up; sort of a metaphor for the Mac lovers. Their furry little puppy met the same fate from the evil underground.

    SAR I[/QUOTE]

    Fair enough...I'm a new convert here, I am not going to state one way or the other...just searching for a fellow mac user with some ideas on what to do. thanks and sorry for anyone who has put you down. I, personally, use both Mac and PC.

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    [QUOTE=SAR I;2987863]For years I've put up with the Apple zealots praying to their House of Jobs, putting down we Windows users.

    Their biggest battlecry? "You'll get a virus!"

    I did a search for "animated gif laughing" and the evil scientist hacking the innocent dog came up; sort of a metaphor for the Mac lovers. Their furry little puppy met the same fate from the evil underground.

    SAR I[/QUOTE]

    keeping vista aside, you're safe with windows as long you're not an idiot and use common sense. keep a firewall, run antivirus and spyware software, keep software up to date and you'll be fine. its not that hard

    but with people that are too lazy or inept to do that go to apple. so hackers have to go where the easy pray go. nothing is safe in the computer world

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    So a Mac virus finally turned up. Amazing. Good thing it only effects thieves. I was worried for a second.

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    Microsoft also prob has more experience with countering viruses then apple. The first few big mac viruses will do far greater damage then any windows one has in the past decade most likely. It's like Europeans delivering disease to the native americans.

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