Week in Geek: Turns Out, Mac OS X Has Viruses Too

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By Akemi Iwaya on May 8th, 2011


This week we learned how to make use of even more tools & techniques to remove image backgrounds in Photoshop, “add a PDF printer, hide Windows logins, & share a USB HDD”, network boot (PXE) an Ubuntu live CD, found out what your fellow readers felt about running an open Wi-Fi Network, enjoy the great geek deals available this week, and more.

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  • What a Mac malware attack looks like
    Ed Bott shows what an “in-the-wild” attack on Macs via a Google Image Search for “radioactive tsunami waves” looks like, what happened when duplicating the search on a Windows system, plus how Firefox and Chrome handled the download.
  • Fake “MAC Defender” antivirus app scams users for money, CC numbers
    Security firm Intego announced Monday that a fake antivirus program for Mac OS X has been discovered in the wild. While the threat potential remains low, inexperienced users could be fooled into paying to remove fake viruses “detected” by the software, and in the process, could end up giving credit card information to scammers.
  • Expert: Skype for Mac hole can be used in remote attack
    A security researcher said this past Friday that he found a serious hole in the Mac version of Skype that could be used by an attacker to remotely take control of someone else’s computer.
  • Trojan construction kit for Mac OS X – yours for $1,000
    According to security specialist Brian Krebs, in recent weeks a developer has been touting a trojan construction kit called Weyland-Yutani on underground forums; it enables criminals to construct malware for Mac OS X with just a few clicks.
  • Google Images search results may lead to malicious sites
    Postings by SANS Internet Storm Center and security specialist Brian Krebs describe how, in recent weeks, both have been receiving many reports that vulnerabilities in Google Images search are being exploited in order to load malicious software onto users’ systems.
  • Scammers exploit bin Laden news in search, Facebook
    Online scammers have been quick to capitalize on what will undoubtedly be one of the most significant news events this year: the death of Osama bin Laden.
  • Another 25 million Sony users compromised
    After apologising for the breach in security that saw 77 million user records compromised, Sony has announced that it has discovered 25 million user records were also compromised on Sony Online Entertainment’s systems.
  • LastPass CEO reveals details on security breach
    Following this past Thursday’s revelation of a likely security breach at password management company LastPass, the company’s CEO has revealed more details about the incident and tried to offer some comfort and advice to his users.
  • Hackers working on Safari-based app installer
    Not content with Apple’s App Store as a software distribution mechanism, a group of iOS developers is taking matters into its own hands by working on a tool to let iPhone users browse and install applications and system tweaks through Safari.
  • Mozilla fights DHS over anti-MPAA, RIAA utility
    No judge has ever declared a Firefox plug-in called MafiaaFire Redirector to be illegal. But that didn’t stop the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from trying to censor it from the Web.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 vs. BitDefender, Kaspersky, Symantec, AVG, Avira, McAfee
    Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 delivered a less than stellar performance in the latest round of testing from AV-Test. Despite being one of the products that was certified by the German antivirus testing firm, MSE 2.0 barely did so, with one of the lowest scores among the security products tested.
  • Is Mono dead? Is Novell dying?
    While Attachmate will be keeping SUSE Linux as a spin-off company, Mono, the open-source implementation of Windows’ .NET, is being shut down and there have been hundreds of additional Novell layoffs.
  • China sets up new office to tighten Net control
    China has set up a new agency to further regulate the country’s vast cyberspace, in a move defended by a Chinese official who says most governments also regulate similar unsavory Internet content.
  • Google help wanted: Antitrust lawyer
    It’s the confluence of two phenomena: Google is on a hiring binge and the company is increasingly under regulators’ antitrust microscope. So the search giant is looking to hire a new antitrust lawyer.
  • Lawsuit accuses Apple, others of fixing worker pay
    A new California lawsuit accuses Apple, Google, Adobe Systems, Intel, and other tech companies of violating antitrust laws by allegedly conspiring to fix employee pay, as well as working out “no solicitation” deals with one another.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/8/11
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