Some Apple users experienced another big tech scare this weekend in the form of the so-called "iWorm" virus that reportedly affected more than 17,000 Macs worldwide, but just in time for Monday, most of the danger has passed. According to a report, Apple has already updated its Xprotect malware definitions to prevent it from being downloaded in the future.
Remember when Apple's Mac OS was largely a niche system and the cyber thugs of the world largely left us alone? There were some good aspects about those days, as Malwarebytes reminds us with a report of some nasty "ransomware" currently circulating through Macs that masquerades as an official FBI notice demanding $300. Trojans like these are old news for most Windows users, but they're unfamiliar enough on Macs that they might catch some users unaware. Worse yet, they also feed on contemporary fears about the monitoring of electronic devices by the NSA.
Earlier this afternoon, reports of a browser-based trojan infecting Mac OS X users started sprouting up around the internet. The malware installs itself as a plugin on browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Now that we're all aware, you can avoid getting infected by taking some simple precautions. But what if Yontoo is already blowing up your browser with ads?
Just hours ahead of Wednesday's release of OS X Mountain Lion, a new Mac trojan has been discovered -- and you'll have good reason to upgrade, since the dormant OSX/Crisis only runs on Snow Leopard or OS X Lion.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
Apple malware: it's everywhere you don't want it to be, like in your computer. Or your browser. Malware usually has something to do with Java and Java applet-based applications. This week's latest Apple malware scare is no different. Over the past few days, there have been numerous reports about the Flashback.K, a Mac trojan that exploits a critical Java vulnerability.
A trojan is a piece of malware that pretends to be a trusted piece of software to get you to click and install it. In this case, Flashback.K pretends to be an official Adobe Flash Player updater and then exploits a vulnerability in Java called CVE-2012-0507.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect yourself and your Mac from getting this piece of Java malware installed on your system. We'll show you how to stay safe from malware.
For the second time in just over a week, a second virus has been found on the Mac. Trojan.osx.boonana.b is a variant of the malware that was discovered last week called Boonana. While SecureMac notes the malware appears similar to the Koobface virus that struck Windows in 2008, it is not the same. Rather, Boonana appears to be unique.
With the announcement of a potentially harmful virus floating about the internet this week, many Mac users have been weary of watching online videos via links to external sites, especially those on social networking websites like Facebook. However, this virus can be all but stopped by simply turning off Java code execution in your web browser of choice, according to SecureMac. That’s why we would like to show you how easy it can be to protect yourself from Java-based viruses originating from your web browser through applets.
It's not often that you hear of a virus for the Mac, but according to a Secure Mac security bulletin, a new trojan virus has been detected on the Mac. The bulletin notes that the virus is spread through social networking websites like Facebook and is disguised as a video.
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.