New Trojan Attacks Mac OS X Using Java and Facebook

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By Lowell Heddings on October 28th, 2010

Looks like Apple’s unearned security reputation is going to take a hit with this new trojan attacking Mac machines.

The Trojan, dubbed trojan.osx.boonana.a by security firm SecureMac, appears as a message on social networking sites such as Facebook that reads, “Is this you in this video?” When the user clicks the link, a Java applet runs, allowing the system to download several files and install a program that can bypass the usual password verification OS X requires for installation.

It actually affects Windows machines as well—a cross-platform vulnerability…

New Java trojan attacks Mac OS X via social networking sites [ArsTechnica]

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/28/10
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