Think your Mac is impervious to viruses? Maybe not, as more than a half-million computers...


Think your Mac is impervious to viruses? Maybe not, as more than a half-million computers running Apple's (AAPL) Mac OS X software computers were hit by a hacking attack, claims Russian anti-virus firm Dr. Web. “This once again refutes claims by some experts that there are no cyber-threats to Mac OS X,” Dr. Web's blog says.
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  • triplejck
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    I am a Mac user for almost 3 decades without virus and malware problems since OS X showed up at the turn of the century... and how would you know if you have been hacked? It is not a common problem in the Mac community and the 500,000 may not know that they have been hacked. And if they have, how would one fix the problem?
    6 Apr 2012, 08:55 AM Reply Like
  • ziya tarkan kozan
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    as a macbook air user, i still believe and trust mac , apple products more than other tech. products.. (except mobile phones, i really like the strong features in my Taiwan based htc mobile phone) ziya tarkan kozan
    6 Apr 2012, 08:58 AM Reply Like
  • MIchael Row
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    It would be appropriate to question the veracity of the claim. Consider that it comes from a single source and that no one else seems to have noticed the presence of the described Trojan. Does Dr Web have an interest in raising concern about malware that may not exist?
    6 Apr 2012, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • JH32
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    I am a relatively newbie when it comes to computers and was advised to buy a Mac for which I am very grateful. I love every aspect!
    6 Apr 2012, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • flumeride
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    I've had the same iMac since 2006. It was the first version with Intel processors. I did install a antivirus program last year after my daughter decided to "jailbreak" my ipad without asking.
    6 Apr 2012, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • The Ugly Truth
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    Here is how you can see if your Mac is infected....
    http://onforb.es/HvTtAR

     

    How did the virus get into the Mac? Yup...the infected one decided to download something Jobs didn't really care about! Kinda like inviting the vampire in the house! What do you expect? LOL
    6 Apr 2012, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    What does the virus do?
    And how long before one of these POS hackers attacks the solution?
    As well as post links on how to "remove or check" for a virus ?
    There a lot of big software vendors trying to keep their Microsoft programs & operating systems clean - does Apple have the same resources available?
    Has to be an enormous & expensive job and could be a very serious thing for Apple users. I and many others refuse to use Oullook as it is the biggest target out there and is attacked daily - besides that I think it's a POS. :)
    6 Apr 2012, 07:50 PM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    Apple has now released some Java updates that will patch the vulnerability targeted by the current variant of Flashback.

     

    As for your concern Apple and expensive job to resolve - this is no issue as Apple's operating system is based on unix core which is built on security. You can read more about it here:

     

    http://dthin.gs/HKzspr

     

    This raises an important question: do you even need Java running in Safari? If you don't, it could be worth turning off just to keep yourself extra secure. You can do this in Safari by going to the Safari menu and then Preferences. Then click over to the "Security" tab:
    8 Apr 2012, 01:00 AM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    A serious question re hacking
    .Not being an Apple user I will ask - is multi-tasking used, can a program run in the back ground with very low priority, perhaps when the unit is idle, etc ?
    My email has been hacked but none of my computers (that I know of).
    You might (at least the average user) not notice anything is going on.
    Like using an unprotected WiFi site. I have never seen any WiFi detection or protection software. If anyone is so uninformed to have an unprotected site (like my son-in-law did) then it's their own fault even though there some password breaker schemes out there - don't know how effective they are.There are a lot of POS hackers out there who seem to get their rocks off doing this stuff and some are pretty damn good at it. Microsoft & Outlook are the biggest targets because I understand they are the biggest target. I would think at some point soon Apple would become a very inviting target. If not already.
    6 Apr 2012, 07:39 PM Reply Like
  • jazzybest
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    What’s This? A Mac Virus? No, Actually It’s a Weakness in Java.
    http://dthin.gs/HKzspr

     

    The trojan targets a vulnerability in software that is not even an Apple product: Java.
    8 Apr 2012, 12:44 AM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    OK - but still wondering what the "virus" actually does.
    8 Apr 2012, 01:13 PM Reply Like
  • JonnyTea
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    It sends emails and does link click stuff to earn money for whoever is behind it.

     

    I want someone somewhere to stand up and say they have this trojan on their system. Because so far, no-one seems to have it.

     

    And therefore, I keep asking myself if this the security business drumming up sales again.. and it won't be the first time.

     

    OS X Mountain Lion arrives in summer with a whole new array of security available. Check out Gatekeeper. http://bit.ly/Ht4IN4
    8 Apr 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    Your explanation makes perfect sense to me.
    I do wonder why the POS hackers are ignoring apple or if it's just too tough?
    Thanks,
    Bill
    9 Apr 2012, 11:16 AM Reply Like
  • lilhenry
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    I bought a apple com. two years ago and we love it. Me and my husbund are no theck. geeks we had other computer before and had constantly viruses with it ,( buying all souce of unty viruses) you will love your apple once you have it , i am sceptical of the souce that the virus came from is this info to discredit apple so that the stock plamet down , so they could buy it for cheep
    8 Apr 2012, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • lockman
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    lol! I got hacked on my mac pro (G5) years ago. The entire hard drive was erased and a calling card icon left behind (from hacker?). My tech said it rarely happened but he had seen it before.

     

    As Apple gains more market share I expect hackers will have more interest in sending presents in various forms our way.

     

    http://bit.ly/HKuRV8

     

    If there is a way to make it, there is a way to break it.

     

    I don't work for any computer or software company's but I don't have my head in the sand ether.

     

    (Composed on 2008 MacPro tower)
    11 Apr 2012, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    Sadly, I suspect you are right. I am surprised it's taking so long.
    12 Apr 2012, 01:35 PM Reply Like
  • lockman
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    Here is an interesting article on virus's on OSX:

     

    http://bit.ly/Hx4WWc

     

    Apparently, on W7 and OSX, most of the problems are from user indiscretion.

     

    Here is a good article on security for OSX:

     

    http://bit.ly/HKDOh4

     

    I am not going to lose any sleep over security on OSX or W7.

     

    Cheers
    11 Apr 2012, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • john kaufmann
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    I am computer illiterate. However, I know a Trojan when I see one. I opened an e-mail from a recognized friend- it said"Hi". It turned out to be a long advert for a home-based money-making scheme. I immediately began to get questioning e-mails from several persons on my e-mail list. The Trojan infected my contact list and sent itself with my name on it to all of the people on my list. I suspect it is still busy replicating itself as more-and-more people open it.
    30 Apr 2012, 04:46 AM Reply Like
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