Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 22nd Jan 2009 17:52 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Intego has discovered a new Trojan horse, OSX.Trojan.iServices.A, which is currently circulating in copies of Apple's iWork 09 found on BitTorrent trackers and other sites containing links to pirated software. The version of iWork 09, Apple's productivity suite, are complete and functional, but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg." Update: A new variant has been discovered in a pirated version of Adobe Photoshop CS4, also information about one target of a DDOS attack coming from the trojan.
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kaiwai
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2005-07-06

You're right; lets also remember that this is a malware deliberately installed by the user; hence the reason I'd prefer it if people stopped beating up Microsoft over the fact that there are idiots who download software, install that said software - and then complain because it is malware. If you download and install something - you have consciously made the choice to install something.

Back on-topic, the same explanation goes for this iWorks malware, people know the risks of downloading pirated software, they know what they're doing is risky - and they still do it. The people who download, install pirated software and complain about the negative effects - I have the same sympathy for them as those who have bareback sex and complain afterwards they've contracted an STD. They knew the risks but went ahead and did it anyway.

Oh, and lets be honest, iWorks is hardly an expensive piece of software - for goodness sake, just buy the damn thing; really NZ$179 and even cheaper if you're a student.

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protagonist Member since:
2005-07-06

A PC columnist once wrote a few years ago that "I could send an email with an attachment named this is a virus.exe and people would open it". This statement holds true no matter what the OS being used. Idiots are OS agnostic. I also recall getting severely flames a few years ago on a Mac forum for suggesting that people should pay more attention to security on a Mac. But then I have been called paranoid in the past. :-)

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

A PC columnist once wrote a few years ago that "I could send an email with an attachment named this is a virus.exe and people would open it". This statement holds true no matter what the OS being used. Idiots are OS agnostic. I also recall getting severely flames a few years ago on a Mac forum for suggesting that people should pay more attention to security on a Mac. But then I have been called paranoid in the past. :-)


It is unfortunate that most people think of security they automatically think of security holes in their software when in reality most of the security flaws that exist are due to social engineering. Kevin Mitnik showed just how easy it was to get access to company's network just through some basic social engineering.

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