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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...
09-26-2009, 10:03 AM #1
43 Cent Big Mac Attack is Back
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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."
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.
"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.
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.
09-26-2009, 10:05 AM #2
Only .43 cents? How cheap.
09-26-2009, 10:07 AM #3
09-26-2009, 10:21 AM #4
omg thats exactly how i sit in my chair too!!
09-26-2009, 10:24 AM #5
i love lamp!!and meh on 43 cents,i bet there best hackers are in line for that!
09-26-2009, 10:54 AM #6
lolz at the guy in the chair. .43c that can get me a half of a beer.
09-26-2009, 11:02 AM #7
09-26-2009, 11:09 AM #8
Well this isn't good for Mac users. Does this mean anti-virus for Mac?
Hit "Thanks" if I helped
09-26-2009, 11:25 AM #9
$.43 per? That can add up real damn quick.
09-26-2009, 11:32 AM #10
09-26-2009, 12:35 PM #11
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09-26-2009, 01:31 PM #12
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.
09-26-2009, 03:05 PM #13
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!!
09-26-2009, 03:17 PM #14
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!"
09-26-2009, 04:36 PM #15
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
09-26-2009, 05:37 PM #16
Wow what a surprise, an Anti-Virus company spreading scare stories about Mac Viruses.
Surprised they didnt advertise their product directly after it
09-26-2009, 09:59 PM #17
That's sound like a good deal. I would start with my parent mac, then my brother, then my friends. This could add up :-)
09-27-2009, 12:23 PM #18
I have an anti virus but its always off. I scan my laptop once a month and haven't had a virus in years.
09-27-2009, 02:13 PM #19
09-28-2009, 06:37 AM #20
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.