Well, here’s an unexpected wrinkle in the “MacDefender” malware saga: Apple just pushed out a small Snow Leopard security update to squash the malfeasant, which was widely expected to be addressed in a forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.8 update.
Apple’s Mac OS X software engineers were busy on Friday before leaving for the holiday weekend here in the U.S., pushing out a new build of the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.8 that appears to offer the promised ability to squash the MacDefender malware as well as Mac App Store preparations for Lion this summer.
By now you've probably heard of the Mac Defender malware that has made its way. Apple has decided to jump on the issue, by posting a support document that explains how to "avoid or remove" Mac Defender. The company is also planning on releasing an update to Mac OS X that will automatically find and remove the malware.
Mac users generally point and laugh at Windows users with all of their virus troubles, but with Apple’s computers edging more and more market share each quarter, it’s just a matter of time before virus makers turn their attention our way. Case in point, a fake antivirus program now making the rounds.
As Apple users, we enjoy a lot of perks. Our equipment, when called upon, just works. Our software is often a joy to work with, and when we party, our devices allow us to party hard. Traditionally, Macs computers and iOS mobile devices have been far more secure than those of Windows and Android users. Sadly, if the security experts at McAfee are correct, the days of our being able to chortle in the face of viruses and malware may soon be coming to an end.
When it comes to security, Apple users have had it very easy for a long
time. While their Windows peers have struggled with viruses, malware,
and trojans, the biggest security worry Apple users have faced is the
(largely apocryphal) prospect of being mugged if they’re wearing white
earbuds. Read on to see why this might not always be the case.
While the argument rages in the comments sections at various blogs about whether or not a new game, created for a Master of Fine Arts final project, is malware or not, we're still searching for someone to test it out on their Mac.
Don't look at us. There's not the slightest chance we'd ever click on that link.