Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th May 2011 17:02 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Mac OS X Well, it took them long enough. Apple has finally acknowledged the existence of the MAC Defender trojan, and has offered removal instructions. The company has also promised a security update to Mac OS X that will block MAC Defender and its variants from working. All this information was published in the form of a support document on Apple's website. Update: Well, that was fast. A new variant of the trojan, called Mac Guard, has been discovered. Unlike previous variants, this one does not require users to enter their administrative password.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by rhavyn on Wed 25th May 2011 20:09 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
rhavyn
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but to instruct employees to explicitly deny the existence of a trojan


They instructed Apple employees to neither confirm nor deny an issue, not to explicitly deny anything because ...

they are actually working on it.


they wanted to actually have a solution to offer when they addressed the issue. Again, the leaked memo doesn't say deny the problem it says don't talk about the problem. There's a big difference between the two.

Also, this is becoming a pretty consistent pattern. Some issue comes up having to do with Apple (antenna problems, location problems, malware problems). The technical press goes berserk, claims Apple is denying/covering up/sky is falling the issue. About a week later Apple puts out an announcement that deals with the issue.

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