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#1 OFFLINE   LilBambi


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:44 AM

New Mac Trojan horse masquerades as virus scanner (Macworld):


By and large, Mac users have been able to escape the onslaught of malware that their Windows counterparts suffer from. But every once in a while, a piece of nastiness slips into the wild. The latest offender is a Trojan horse by the name of MAC Defender, which purports to be a virus-scanning application. In fact, it does little more than encourage users to give up their credit card information.
Basically a Mac version of the Rogue Antivirus crap for Windows. Still pretty nasty stuff regardless.But as the article points out, just like in Linux or if you are using a limited user account in Windows 7:


As nefarious as MAC Defender might be, the level of concern over infection remains low: Users must be tricked into downloading and installing the program, as well as entering their administrator password.
However, social engineering can't be discounted...seems to work well enough with Windows users. :'(
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