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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Countdown to Linux Virii
by Darkmage on Thu 26th May 2011 09:43 UTC
Darkmage
Member since:
2006-10-20

So how long until Linux gets hit? it's only a matter of time if OSX is getting attacked now. The more Android devices/Ubuntu installs out there, the larger a target linux becomes.

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RE: Countdown to Linux Virii
by MOS6510 on Thu 26th May 2011 09:48 in reply to "Countdown to Linux Virii"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I believe the total percentage of desktop Linux users is just below 1% and that 1% is divided over one million different distributions. Although I think most users will have Ubuntu installed (and even that is probably divided over X number of versions 'n' variants).

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RE: Countdown to Linux Virii
by renox on Thu 26th May 2011 14:31 in reply to "Countdown to Linux Virii"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

So how long until Linux gets hit? it's only a matter of time if OSX is getting attacked now.


Well Android has already had malicious games, so trojan horse like MAC already exist on Android.
As for desktop users, there are far more OSX users than Linux users on PCs, so this shouldn't happen soon..

The more Android devices/Ubuntu installs out there, the larger a target linux becomes.


Sure and in fact if such attack ever happen on Ubuntu, with a significant number of users falling for it, then it would be a *good* news for Linux as it would be a signal that the number of Linux desktop users has grown a lot.

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RE: Countdown to Linux Virii
by pantheraleo on Thu 26th May 2011 21:46 in reply to "Countdown to Linux Virii"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Linux already gets hit on a very regular basis. Of course, usually when Linux gets hit, it is with a worm that exploits a vulnerability in some application that is running on Linux. Several worms have propegated by exploiting vulnerabilities in various versions of WordPress for example. Or it is by someone explicitly trying to target a certain site for one reason or another.

Edited 2011-05-26 21:47 UTC

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