+ Reply
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 21

Your favorite Apple, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Jailbreak, and Cydia site.


Thread: 43 Cent Big Mac Attack is Back

is a discussion within the

Mac News

forums, a part of the

General Apple/Mac

section;
Image via Techrant Computerworld is reporting that a group of Russian malware writers and their antics prove that Macs are becoming increasingly larger attack targets. According to information the publication
...
  1. #1
    MMi Staff Writer Michael Essany's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Valparaiso, Indiana
    Posts
    3,415
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked 1,471 Times in 558 Posts

    Default 43 Cent Big Mac Attack is Back

    Image via Techrant


    Computerworld is reporting that a group of Russian malware writers and their antics prove that Macs are becoming increasingly larger attack targets. According to information the publication learned this week, the aforementioned Russian spammers reportedly pay hackers 43 cents for every Mac they infected with "bogus video software."

    In a presentation Thursday at the Virus Bulletin 2009 security conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Sophos researcher Dmitry Samosseiko discussed his investigation of the Russian "Partnerka," a tangled collection of Web affiliates who rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars from spam and malware, most of the former related to phony drug sites, and much of the latter targeting Windows users with fake security software, or "scareware."
    In a long and detailed presentation, one shred of evidence after another was offered to validate the many tactics employed by both the "Partnerka" and their associates - "codec-partnerka" - to sell and distribute "fake Mac software."

    One example, which has since gone offline, was Mac-codec.com, said Samosseiko. "Just a few months ago it was offering [43 cents] for each install and offered various promo materials in the form of Mac OS 'video players,'" he said.
    For years, many reasons, excuses, and technologies have been presented as to why Macs will be "eternally shielded" from the hackers and spammers who have destroyed innumerable PCs. But wherever there is money to be made, there will be progress made. And, unfortunately, the business of Mac attacks is growing highly profitable for those capable of widespread machine infection.

    "The growing evidence of financially-motivated criminals looking at Apple Macs as well as Windows as a market for their activities, is not good news -- especially as so many Mac users currently have no anti-malware protection in place at all," said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at U.K-based Sophos, in a blog entry Thursday.
    So what does this mean for the future? More than likely, we will see a greater effort on the part of Apple and security software makers to step up traditional safeguards. Even though threats to the Mac are not an every day occurrence, they do take place. And usually, those that make an impact are substantial.

    Last year, as you may recall, Mac security vendor Intego alarmed the Mac community with a waning about an active Trojan horse that "exploited a vulnerability in Apple's Mac OS X." Earlier this year, another Trojan was found through pirated copies of Apple's iWork '09 application suite.

    Mac OS X's security has been roundly criticized by vulnerability researchers, but even the most critical have acknowledged that the Mac's low market share -- it accounted for just 5% of all operating systems running machines that connected to the Internet last month -- is probably enough protection from cyber criminals for the moment.

  2. #2
    iPhone? More like MyPhone iN2K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Las Vegas!
    Posts
    224
    Thanks
    36
    Thanked 19 Times in 16 Posts

    Only .43 cents? How cheap.

  3. #3
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    45
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by iN2K View Post
    Only .43 cents? How cheap.
    agreed lol

  4. #4
    iPhone? More like MyPhone ifonemaniac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    165
    Thanks
    31
    Thanked 22 Times in 16 Posts

    omg thats exactly how i sit in my chair too!!

  5. #5
    Moderator / DRP Dev Team jedinight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    c.s. texas
    Posts
    969
    Thanks
    49
    Thanked 113 Times in 89 Posts

    i love lamp!!and meh on 43 cents,i bet there best hackers are in line for that!

  6. #6
    iPhone? More like MyPhone Boker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    105
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts

    lolz at the guy in the chair. .43c that can get me a half of a beer.

  7. #7
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    196
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 18 Times in 15 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by Boker View Post
    lolz at the guy in the chair. .43c that can get me a half of a beer.
    You drink pbr I assume?

  8. #8
    Green Apple e10100's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Why do you wanna know?
    Posts
    43
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    Well this isn't good for Mac users. Does this mean anti-virus for Mac?

    Hit "Thanks" if I helped

  9. #9
    My iPhone is a Part of Me
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    812
    Thanks
    72
    Thanked 147 Times in 90 Posts

    $.43 per? That can add up real damn quick.

  10. #10
    Previously Known as A.T MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Manchester, UK
    Posts
    1,582
    Thanks
    188
    Thanked 111 Times in 94 Posts

    I have Norton on my MBP anyway, just in case

    MBP 15" 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo Nvidia 9400M 9600GT 256MB OS X 10.6.4 Windows 7 June 2009
    iPhone 4 August 28th

  11. #11
    The King Melech518's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    4,704
    Thanks
    107
    Thanked 1,140 Times in 586 Posts

    iAntiVirus = free protection
    If I helped you, hit the button or be Banned!

    Download Macbook 3.1 for Winterboard-Now LIVE on Cydia-Macbook Final, Macbook Final Widget,Macbook SBSettings
    Need Hardware Repair Support?: PM ME

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to Melech518 For This Useful Post:

    MetallicaFan1991 (09-27-2009)

  13. #12
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Long Island, New York
    Posts
    245
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 69 Times in 35 Posts

    The low price just motivates them to infect as many Macs as possible, say goodbye to not being able to aimlessly click away on the internet without having to fear malware.

  14. #13
    iPhoneaholic TheOnlyest's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    399
    Thanks
    18
    Thanked 96 Times in 55 Posts

    Geee... and those stupidazz "i'm a Mac" commercials would have me believe that Mac's cant get virus's, malware, etc! Hmmmmmmm...

    Just another load of BS from crApple I guess....
    Praise the Devs! To each and every one of you who spend your time writing code and making apps for little or no profit... Its YOU that makes the iPhone great, NOT Apple!! From me to you, a million thanks!!

  15. #14
    Super Sweet Moderator thetoothfairy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    In Michigan And Florida
    Posts
    6,507
    Thanks
    3,588
    Thanked 997 Times in 561 Posts

    I love my Mac's... and that is what I loved so much is you didn't have to worried about crap like this..... $.43 is a lot to those dudes they hired to do this... I figured in time Mac's would have to have as much protection and windows do...

    But I sure hope not... its so nice to cruse around and do what you want without dealing with all that crap that windows users do.... I like my freedom! I hope Apple stays on top of this!

    "Always remember your special and unique!"

  16. #15
    Livin the iPhone Life sziklassy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Iowa (ISU for Vet School!)
    Posts
    3,920
    Thanks
    69
    Thanked 310 Times in 264 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    I figured in time Mac's would have to have as much protection and windows do... !
    More... unless Apple makes changes. OSX currently the least secure OS out there..
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings

  17. #16
    Green Apple
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    52
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Wow what a surprise, an Anti-Virus company spreading scare stories about Mac Viruses.

    Surprised they didnt advertise their product directly after it

  18. #17
    My iPhone is a Part of Me tudtran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Foco, Colorado
    Posts
    995
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 36 Times in 28 Posts

    That's sound like a good deal. I would start with my parent mac, then my brother, then my friends. This could add up :-)

  19. #18
    iPhone? More like MyPhone iN2K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Las Vegas!
    Posts
    224
    Thanks
    36
    Thanked 19 Times in 16 Posts

    I have an anti virus but its always off. I scan my laptop once a month and haven't had a virus in years.

  20. #19
    Green Apple Teoyaomqui's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    42
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Quote Originally Posted by TheOnlyest View Post
    Geee... and those stupidazz "i'm a Mac" commercials would have me believe that Mac's cant get virus's, malware, etc! Hmmmmmmm...

    Just another load of BS from crApple I guess....
    LMAO and that is their selling point in the stupid Mac commercials.

    "Macs don't get Virus."

    LMAO

  21. #20
    iPhone? More like MyPhone
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    133
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    OSX (Snow Leopard) is MORE vulnerable than Windows 7 or Vista. Some hacker even warned Apple, but they did not take heed. The only reason Apple computers aren't spammed as much as Windows is because Apple has 10% of the market share, at the most. So for every one Mac a hacker infects there are ten PCs he or she missed.

Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts