Apple hit by malware threats as it claims that its platform can be targeted by viruses

News by Dan Raywood

Apple has admitted that the Mac OS X platform is susceptible to spyware and viruses.

Apple has admitted that the Mac OS X platform is susceptible to spyware and viruses.


According to a report by SecureMac, Apple has ‘finally acknowledged that spyware and viruses are a threat for Mac OS X, as well as the latest operating system in the works, Snow Leopard'. It claimed that Snow Leopard will be adding new technology to help protect against attacks, such as sandboxing and anti-phishing features in Safari, but this is not a 100 per cent solution for protection against malware.


In a statement on its website, Apple claimed that: “The Mac is designed with built-in technologies that provide protection against malicious software and security threats right out of the box. However, since no system can be 100 per cent immune from every threat, anti-virus software may offer additional protection.”


SecureMac said: “We applaud Apple for recognising that Macs are not immune to malware, as it contradicts their TV commercials which attack their counter-parts by implying Macs are completely secure. However, it is important to recognise that these new technologies in the operating system will not protect against all threats.”


Further, SophosLabs has intercepted a message containing what it claimed to be the ‘SRC CoDE of new Macintosh Worm', one of the files was called ReadIt.txt and contained the following text: “RESPECT about what are you talking about me (cybercriminal..) Dont say what you ignore !!!!!!!!”. Sophos has detected a new piece of malware (OSX/Jahlav-C) hiding out on what presents itself as a hardcore porn website.


It claimed that OSX/Jahlav-C is an update to previous versions of Jahlay and will eventually run a Perl script that ‘uses http to communicate with a remote website and download code supplied by the attacker'.


Paul O Baccas, malware analyst at Sophos, said: “The last thing I said to him was that there would be more Macintosh malware. Prophetic words indeed.”


Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, said: “Although there is much less malware for Mac OS X than there is for Windows, that's going to be little consolation if your shiny new MacBook gets infected.  Many in the Mac community have had their heads buried in the sand for too long about the real nature of the threat.


“It is becoming more and more common for hackers to use social engineering tricks - like telling surfers that they need to download a plug-in on their Mac to watch a video - to weasel their way onto computers. Some Mac users may have thought that it was safe to surf for adult content on their Apple Mac, but they were wrong.”



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