The Mac Party is Over

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    • #6392

      I love my mac but have never had delusions of “superior security” and have always ran AV on it.

      Hopefully this will change your mind if you think your mac is more secure than a PC.

    • #39728

      Your post reminded me of this CAD comic 😛

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    • #39730

      ;D Maybe now they will drop their prices to half of what they currently sale for. Then they might be fairly priced.  Like that is going to happen…

    • #39731

      @Elorion wrote:

      ;D Maybe now they will drop their prices to half of what they currently sale for. Then they might be fairly priced.  Like that is going to happen…

      HAHAHA, I wish. Then it could make a 17″ laptop seem like a reasonable purchase. 

    • #39732

      Don’t forget about IncognitoRAT that runs on Java and can run on Mac, Linux and Windows:

    • #39733

      Thats the problem, 3rd party software.  A system needs it to be any use to us but you’re at the mercies of a 3rd party outside the control of the OS designers.

      As the companies build the stuff to work on any platform, it’s going to give the hackers more ways to try get in 🙁

    • #39734
      Don Donzal

      Well, according to InfoWorld’s Robert X. Cringely:

      The real Mac security threat isn’t malware — it’s Apple

      Apple took more than three weeks to acknowledge the Mac Defender malware and offer a solution. That’s three weeks too long

      See full story:


    • #39735

      And it is getting worse.  The attacks are improving and I think Mac users may be a little less prepared for these tricks.  I hope Apple starts to open up to its users about the problem.  It may hurt their myth about “no virusesmalware” but it should help their users in the long run.

      Full Story:

    • #39736

      Great topic and I am also like getting feedback. Thank you.

    • #39737

      This came in from SANS yesterday afternoon:

      One of the not-much-talked-about new features in Snow Leopard aka OS 10.6 was a build in anti virus tool. However, up to now, the tool only looked for a small number of old malware samples, hardly ever found in the wild. This changed with today’s OS X security update (2011-003). This latest update includes the ability to automatically download new signatures, just like for other anti malware software. In addition, signatures got added for the recent set of fake AV tools spreading for the Mac (Mac Defender).
      XProtectUpdater, the new component downloading these updates, it configured using the system preferences according to some reports. But so far, I have not been able to find the configuration in either of the systems I installed the update on. (I will keep looking and maybe will update this later)
      Update: Found it. The item is called Automatically update safe downloads list. It can be found in the Generaltab of the security settings. Iguess this is the least malicious sounding naming Apple could come up with. It is enabled by default.

      Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

      SANS Technology Institute

      Twitter (c) SANS Internet Storm Center. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

    • #39738


      This will be fun to watch Apple scramble to build a security group to handle this stuff.

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