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  • Apple Takes Aim at Malware Beneath the Radar



    Graham Cluley of Sophos updated his blog Friday with a blunt message for many of the Mac users who still "seem oblivious to security threats which can run on their computers." As a result of this unfortunate reality, Apple has stealthily updated Mac OS Xs anti-malware protection conveniently enough through the just-released Mac OS X 10.6.4.

    According to Cluley, Apple specifically took aim at updating the malware protection built into Mac OS X to guard against a "backdoor Trojan horse" that could prove a nightmare iMac or MacBook users by letting hackers "send spam email from your computer, take screenshots of what you are doing, access your files and clipboard and much much more."

    Nonetheless, Apple didn't publicly utter a word of this update, most likely as a means to keep hackers in the dark on the update. Well, that plan didn't work out as expected since the update has now come to light. Still, beefed-up security was apparently of great concern for Cupertino as more and more nefarious threats surface for our Macs on a surprisingly routine basis. So, without much fanfare, Apple simply updated XProtect.plist, which, as Culely calls it, is the "rudimentary file that contains elementary signatures of a handful of Mac threats" to pick up on HellRTS. For months now HellRTS has been passed out like cupcakes at a birthday party by hackers looking to do damage with their own disguised version of iPhoto.

    It's clear that the latest steps taken by Apple to safeguard Macs and their users represent more of a beginning than an end to a process. While there are certainly more threats to Windows PCs thriving in the world today, hackers have not overlooked Macs - not by a long shot. And for that very reason, we can't afford to overlook them either.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Takes Aim at Malware Beneath the Radar started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      This whole PC vs Mac debate is unbelievably boring and lame now. Can both sides stop exaggerating to get their points across?
      +1 on that. Same goes for any argument. IE: Ford vs Dodge; Xbox vs PS; Nature vs Nurture; blah blah blah................ Point is that everyone is different and likes different things.