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Red_Chili
04-17-2009, 09:09 AM
Ever get tired of Mac users gloating about how they don't even need virus software or malware software like PC users do? (present company excluded of course; we are a polite bunch and never gloat. Nossir. Not us.) :lmao:

Apparently a malware writer saw an opportunity to make a name for him/herself. Yeah, they are trying to sell a product here, but it was only a matter of time.
Mac Threat Alert Know anyone that's a Mac User?

Then let them know that malware researchers have discovered what appears to be the first Mac OSX botnet, aka MacBot or iBotnet and its receiving a substantial amount of industry and media interest.

Early estimates suggest that thousands of people have unknowingly downloaded the infected files. Don't let yourself be one of them...

In a nutshell the botnet is launching a number of malware variants inside pirated copies of popular Mac based software in order to take control of the infected Mac machine.

First and foremost make sure that you and your fellow Mac users, exercise caution, have Mac specific security software installed and that your existing version of iAntiVirus (https://email.pctools.com/servlet/cc6?iJltkQWBSQAVOXuhjnHgxkijPgLlQJhuVaVT) is up to date - there's a free version or you can purchase (https://email.pctools.com/servlet/cc6?iJltkQWBSQAVOXuhjnHgxkijPgLlQJhuVaVU) a version with full functionality and support. It's also vital that you enable and install the latest Mac security updates.
Regards
PC Tools Team


Anywho, all joking aside, hope this helps.

Groucho
04-17-2009, 11:36 AM
Funny, but nowhere online (at least in first pages of search engines) could I find anything relating to this. Most times, I get all sorts of topics covering things.

Notice that they specify that the infections target pirated copies of programs. Funny. I guess PC users just want Mac users to feel their pain. 'Course, that pain is self inflicted, stemming primarily from the desire to be ignorant to how the machines work. It isn't without reprise, though, Windows based machines operate on a mostly complex system in the registry which ties the OS together, instead of operating files more neatly tucked into their own little package. Macs ain't without problems, they just tend to be more specifically located within the program being affected, not the entire system.

Red_Chili
04-17-2009, 11:57 AM
Huh. Got this on the first Google page.
http://www.realtime-websecurity.com/articles_and_analysis/2008/02/mac_bot_missed_by_anitvirus_de.html