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  • MAC Defender Already Circumvents Apple's Security Update



    Well that was quick. Less Eight hours after Apple issued a security update to identify and remove the MAC Defender malware, a new variation is in the wild that can slip past Apple's updated defenses.

    The new MAC Defender is identified as Mdinstall.pkg, and has a time stamp of 9:24 p.m. last night, which is less than eight hours after Apple released its security update. These are some busy hackers.

    As I noted in the write up yesterday on the seurity update, Apple has installed an automatic malware definitions update feature that should allow the company to issue a fix for this new variant of MAC Defender rather quickly. However, the cat and mouse game between malicious programmers and Windows users that has plagued the windows community for years has found its way to Apple's happy kingdom.

    Expect a new security update soon, followed by another circumvention by the MAC Defender creators. Quickly followed by the news media not caring as this becomes a frequent cycle.

    Source: ZDNet
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MAC Defender Already Circumvents Apple's Security Update started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Haha this made me laugh. I mean I love Apple but come on, you can't be serious. Less than 8 hours??
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      And so it begins...
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Haha this made me laugh. I mean I love Apple but come on, you can't be serious. Less than 8 hours??
      Guess they just don't have any experience dealing with viruses/malware/trojans/etc. Time to get you're act together Apple and accept that your OS is becoming an increasingly popular target.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      YOU mean 2:24pm
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Lol! If you're dumb enough to download this then you deserve to have it on your Mac! It takes about a minute to get rid of it! Prevention: Go into Safari>Safari tab at top> Preferences> uncheck the box that says, "open safe files after downloading". You should be good unless you install the sucker yourself....
    1. bcrx7's Avatar
      bcrx7 -
      Yes and the cat and mouse game which PC's have played for a couple of decades now starts! It wasn't so much that the OS was secure, it was just that the user-base was small like it was always mentioned. Hopefully they stay on top of it.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Too bad Apple Apple doesn't have experience in malware because their system (used to be) virus-free
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I was afraid the day would come when Apple got popular enough and hackers turned their heads towards Apple computers.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Doesn't matter if they try to work around apple security. You still have to be an I-Moron to get it.
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      I was afraid the day would come when Apple got popular enough and hackers turned their heads towards Apple computers.
      Pun intended... I wonder what the Mac Vs PC commercial will look like now?
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Some of you are so ignorant it clearly shows. Apple does have experience with malware in the past, even when Macs were less popular. Mac OS9 and older were ridden with malware, not as much as Windows, but the malware was there.

      The move to a UNIX based OS did bring a lot more security, where malware was pretty much non-existant. Not this security through obscurity BS some of you keep repeating.

      Also, you all need to look up the definitions for Virus, Worm, Trojan, etc, and learn the differences as this is NOT a virus.



      PS.
      I'm not liking this new modmyi layout, you trying to be/look like 9to5?
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Some of you are so ignorant it clearly shows. Apple does have experience with malware in the past, even when Macs were less popular. Mac OS9 and older were ridden with malware, not as much as Windows, but the malware was there.

      The move to a UNIX based OS did bring a lot more security, where malware was pretty much non-existant. Not this security through obscurity BS some of you keep repeating.

      Also, you all need to look up the definitions for Virus, Worm, Trojan, etc, and learn the differences as this is NOT a virus.

      PS.
      I'm not liking this new modmyi layout, you trying to be/look like 9to5?
      you mad?

      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Some of you are so ignorant it clearly shows. Apple does have experience with malware in the past, even when Macs were less popular. Mac OS9 and older were ridden with malware, not as much as Windows, but the malware was there.

      The move to a UNIX based OS did bring a lot more security, where malware was pretty much non-existant. Not this security through obscurity BS some of you keep repeating.

      Also, you all need to look up the definitions for Virus, Worm, Trojan, etc, and learn the differences as this is NOT a virus.



      PS.
      I'm not liking this new modmyi layout, you trying to be/look like 9to5?
      but y you mad tho?

      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Some of you are so ignorant it clearly shows. Apple does have experience with malware in the past, even when Macs were less popular. Mac OS9 and older were ridden with malware, not as much as Windows, but the malware was there.

      The move to a UNIX based OS did bring a lot more security, where malware was pretty much non-existant. Not this security through obscurity BS some of you keep repeating.

      Also, you all need to look up the definitions for Virus, Worm, Trojan, etc, and learn the differences as this is NOT a virus.



      PS.
      I'm not liking this new modmyi layout, you trying to be/look like 9to5?
      you mad bro?
    1. Wesss's Avatar
      Wesss -
      Quote Originally Posted by bstunt10190 View Post
      you mad?



      but y you mad tho?



      you mad bro?
      Go back to 4chan cool-kid. Apple is still going to turn out on top.
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wesss View Post
      Go back to 4chan cool-kid. Apple is still going to turn out on top.
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wesss View Post
      Go back to 4chan cool-kid. Apple is still going to turn out on top.
      dfsdfsdfsdfsfsdfsdf
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Go back to topic please.
    1. consultant's Avatar
      consultant -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Guess they just don't have any experience dealing with viruses/malware/trojans/etc. Time to get you're act together Apple and accept that your OS is becoming an increasingly popular target.
      Dear Clueless,

      It's not new. Obviously the clueless FUDsters "forgot" about other trojans.

      New Java trojan attacks Mac OS X via social networking sites

      Folks don't remember that there were trojans before. Why? They no longer affect OS X due to Apple's quick patches. Here is the reality:

      1. Trojan is not a virus, which self-installs
      2. The software requires tricking to user into installing it
      3. It's easy to get rid of
      4. Apple's new security update will download new definition every day

      Again, previous Mac trojans basically died due to Apple's quick patches.