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MacUpdate hacked, cryptocurrency miner apps installed

A cyber-criminal managed to infiltrate the Mac app download site MacUpdate and install maliciously copies of the Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper applications that were in fact cryptocurrency miners.

Chrome desktop update remedies 53 bugs, adds Spectre and Meltdown mitigations

Google's latest stable channel update for the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac and Linux desktop machines includes fixes for 53 security issues, including three high-severity vulnerabilities.

New Mac malware - MaMi - hijacks DNS connections

Malware can steal passwords, take screenshots and access files. Security researchers have discovered new Mac malware that can hijack DNS settings.

Meltdown and Spectre - vulnerabilities to watch (and fix)

Almost all iPhones and Macs are at risk from Spectre chip security flaw according to industry reports.

New MacOS malware steals bank log-in details and intellectual property

Security researchers have discovered a new, invasive OSX.Pirrit adware variant targeting Mac OS X that enables cyber-criminals to take full control of a user's Mac computer.

Mac users under attack as never before- android ransomeware up 138%

In the first half of 2017, incidences of Android malware increased more than five percent since the start of the year. Most notably, incidents of Android ransomware increased 138 percent in Q2 .

Mac and Jeez! When will enterprise wake up to MacOS security threat?

A malvertising campaign has been discovered on Google AdWords, targeting Macs. Should businesses be getting up to speed with Mac threats?

NSA spy details how to tap into webcam on Mac without user noticing

An ex NSA spook has shown how to tap into a Mac's webcam without the user even knowing

What's behind backdoor #3? Mac version of Mokes malware follows Linux, Windows variants

Kaspersky Lab today released an analysis of a newly discovered version of Mokes - a malicious, cross-platform backdoor with spying functionality - this one targeting Apple's OS X operating system.

67% of Windows users in the UK lean toward a swap to Mac

Some 67 percent of the UK public who use the Windows operating system on a regular basis would at least consider switching from Windows to Mac due to privacy concerns.

New malware uses 'hidden service' to advertise Macs to the Dark Web

Recently-discovered OSX/Eleanor-A malware shows cyber-criminals with little knowledge of programming how to easily and cheaply build devious attack tools from everyday components.

Eleanor Mac malware opens Tor connection for attackers to spy on and control Macs

A newly discovered malware capable of cyberespionage and remote takeover is targeting Mac computers, delivering its payload by opening up a backdoor connection to a command-and-control web server via the encrypted Tor network.

iCloud account hijacking can be used to simulate ransomware attack

Having your iCloud account hijacked may be as bad, if not worse, than a ransomware attack because hackers can use Apple's Find My Mac security feature to remotely lock out a device's owner and demand payment to unlock it.

Symantec confirms Macs are vulnerable to ransomware

The cyber-security giant, Symantec are now sure that Mac OS X is vulnerable to ransomware

ICYMI: BoE Bank Test; Ransomware; Mac Malware; Russia cyber-security capabilities; RSA coverage;

The latest In Case You Missed It: Bank of England simulation, ransomware photo threat, 2015 worst for Mac malware, Russiab cyber-warfare lead, RSA report.

Mac malware installer automatically grants access to keychain

Malwarebytes is reporting that a new variant of the adware installer has surfaced that grants access to a user's keychain.

ICYMI: Windows 10 hack, Bank attacks and slow DDoS

This week's 'In Case You Missed It' column looks at the five most-read articles on SC this week, from hacking of Windows 10 and exploits on patched Macs to bank attacks and DDoS.

MacKeeper flaw enables attacker to run code with admin rights

A serious vulnerability has been discovered with the MacKeeper utility program which would enable an attacker to encode executable instructions in a URL link.

Don't let your Apple Mac snooze, warns security researcher

A security researcher has criticised Apple for failing to address a root-level vulnerability.

Apple fix for Mac Rootpipe backdoor "doesn't work"'

Experts say botched patch leaves tens of millions of Mac OS X devices vulnerable to hijack.

Thunderstrike opens backdoor to Apple Macs

The first malware bootkit for Apple OS X devices has been built by security researcher Trammell Hudson, a move that some say has dented Apple's reputation for secure systems.

ICYMI: Tor criminals, the Apple 'virus' and InfoSec salaries

Our latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) column looks at the take-down of Silk Road 2.0 and other dark markets on Tor, the new WireLurker malware and some good news for cash-happy InfoSec pros.

Virus-like 'WireLurker' malware targets Apple Mac and iOS devices

A new and 'unprecedented' malware family has been targeting Apple devices much like a traditional computer virus, and is thought to have infected up to 350,000 machines to date.

Apple Mac OS criticised for sending search results to third parties

Apple is under pressure to make changes to the Spotlight feature on the new Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10, which tracks location and sends data back to the firm and third parties.

Apple blacklists 'iWorm' malware which infected 17,000 Macs

Apple has moved to update its XProtect anti-virus solution for Mac OS X after a research firm discovered a new piece of malware infecting more than 17,000 computers.

Shellshock: Millions of servers under attack

In the wake of Shellshock, end-users and security managers race to patch web servers and desktops, but may be forgetting vulnerable embedded devices.

Aussie Apple users hacked and ransomed

A swathe of Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone users in Australia have reported being locked out of their devices by hackers demanding a £60 (US $100) ransom - and industry experts have warned the attacks could spread to the UK.

Apple faces recriminations after finally fixing Mac bug

Apple Mac users can breathe a sigh of relief as the company has finally fixed a flaw that meant their personal details could be stolen while they were browsing online.

Apple "security reputation in tatters" after iOS and OS X flaws

Apple has run into heavy criticism after research firm FireEye found a flaw that leaves users of its latest iPhones and iPads open to covert 'keylogging' malware - while Apple left out users of its Mac OS X desktops and laptops when it issued a fix to another problem.

Java drives new cross-platform DDoS bot malware

"This is more proof that the Apple Mac is nowhere near as resilient to attacks as people think it is" - Nigel Stanley, Incoming Thought analyst