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john albrich May 06, 2011, 05:48pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/coming-soon-to-a-mac-near-you-s...lware/3212

Security experts know, of course, that there’s nothing magical about Macs...just haven’t been targeted because Windows (is a larger target).

But now that Macs have achieved a critical mass of success in the marketplace, they’ve attracted the attention of malware authors.


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G. G. May 06, 2011, 06:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: 'Ol Mac Magic' Dead. Malware Devs Targeting Mac Market
Spread the LUV'n to all.....

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Meats_Of_Evil May 06, 2011, 10:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LOLZ!!!

It's official, Mac is a respectable OS now. :P

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kOrny May 06, 2011, 10:55pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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oh man a virus on a mac. the mac user wont know what to do. they havent been trained for virus attacks.

Afrow UK May 07, 2011, 07:48am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Microsoft went through the whole lack of security thing over a decade ago. Now it's Apple's turn.

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PIRATE May 07, 2011, 09:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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You know, I always thought the antivirus companies released the damned bothersome viruses/trojans/etc.

To be honest, it was about time. Now you'll get Norton360 for MAC, etc.

All they care is about money. In your faces Apple "I dont get viruses" fools.

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Dr. Peaceful May 07, 2011, 10:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: 'Ol Mac Magic' Dead. Malware Devs Targeting Mac Market
kOrny said:
oh man a virus on a mac. the mac user wont know what to do. they havent been trained for virus attacks.


I would recommend all the Mac users to take some antibiotics (e.g. penicillin) in case they get infected. That way they don't have nothing to worry about!


;)

kOrny May 07, 2011, 03:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ya haha or maybe they should try wrapping up their macbooks in plastic. could help x)

john albrich May 07, 2011, 07:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Duct tape, pure and simple. Fixes everything.

Just wrap a few layers around the computer, the display, the keyboard, and the mouse, and voila'! Instant protection. But man! Duct-taped keyboards are a bitch to use.

'Course...they have to also line the computer room in aluminum foil to keep out "the rays".

PIRATE May 07, 2011, 10:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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But wait, wouldnt the wrapping make it completely useless?

Oh yeah, nevermind, that feature came installed from factory.

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Dr. Peaceful May 08, 2011, 11:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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john albrich said:

Duct tape, pure and simple. Fixes everything.

Just wrap a few layers around the computer, the display, the keyboard, and the mouse...

Dude, the glue residue from duck tape will completely f**ked up a LCD display.

PIRATE May 08, 2011, 11:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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^^^^^^^^^

Lol.

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john albrich May 09, 2011, 12:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Dr. Peaceful said:
...Dude, the glue residue from duck tape will completely f**ked up a LCD display.


That's why I always leave on the plastic sheet that covers the display during shipping (and of course the duct-tape also keeps it flat).

That also lets me keep using my crayons in Mac multimedia programs. Macs simply don't quite get right the oddly popular Crayola color "Sheen Green" (not to be confused with "Green Sheen"). It bizarrely always displays as a sparkling Red-White-and-Blue and then sends the current balance of California's medical marijuana fund to Charlie.

~Vel May 09, 2011, 01:51am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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[Generic statement about hating the mindset that OS X is immune while typing from a Mac.]

john albrich May 18, 2011, 11:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: 'Ol Mac Magic' Dead. Malware Devs Targeting Mac Market
Article by: Ed Bott May 18, 2011
An AppleCare support rep talks: Mac malware is "getting worse"
The number of reports of Mac malware being found in the wild are increasing. The view from inside an Apple call center says this threat is for real.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/an-applecare-support-rep-talks-...worse/3342

Zhong Jiajia May 25, 2011, 02:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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LOL.


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john albrich May 26, 2011, 10:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version

The article describes ways to reduce the chance of this infection occurring. Pretty standard type precautions really that apply to any user for any OS.
Don't use the default 'Administrator' account for routine computer activity
(like internet). Create and use a restricted privileges account instead.
Take the time to change the default settings for the Safari browser
(like clearing the Open “Safe” Files After Downloading option)
Etc

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/mac-malware-authors-release-a-n...rsion/3385
Mac malware authors release a new, more dangerous version
By Ed Bott | May 25, 2011
Yesterday, 25 days after the Mac Defender malware began to appear in the wild, Apple finally responded. In a technical support note, “How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware,” the company posted instructions for users to follow if they’ve encountered this malware specimen in the wild. It also promised a security update to remove infections automatically.

File that memo under, “Too little, too late.”

Within 12 hours of Apple’s announcement, the author of the original Mac Defender program had a new variant available that renders key portions of the current Mac Defender prevention plan obsolete.


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