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Old 05-20-2011, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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February 2006 – Leap-A

Turned out to be a non-issue for Mac users, but strangely enough cause millions of Mac hating PC fanbois to salivate.

October 2007 – RSPlug.a

Once again turned out to be a non-issue for Mac users, and again caused PC fanbois to salivate.

January 2009 – OSX.Trojan.iServices.A

Turned out to be a non-issue for Mac users, but the PC fanbois salivated again.

April 2010 – HellRTS

Another non-issue for Mac users, but once again PC fanbois salivated over it.

June 2010 – OSX/OpinionSpy

Non-issue for Mac users, but caused millions of Mac hating PC fanbois to salivated again.

October 2010 – Koobface

You guessed it, another non-issue for Mac users, but the PC fanbois again salivated.

May 2011 – MACDefender

Well you know how the story goes.

Somebody please wake me up when a Mac gets infected with something that wasn't installed by the user.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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But, but, but, macs are immune to malware!
They are. Hint: A scam does not = malware.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:43 AM
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Location: Ohio
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They are. Hint: A scam does not = malware.
Sure it does. The software intends to do harm and it gets installed under false pretenses. There's a social engineering component involved, but this is malware.

Those of us with enough interest in computers to read this forum probably all know better than to install this stuff, but think of the most naive computer user you've ever encountered... would that person know better? This is malware targeted at them.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:53 AM
 
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Sure it does. The software intends to do harm and it gets installed under false pretenses. There's a social engineering component involved, but this is malware.
Agreed, it is most definetly malware (Malicious Software), user intervention required or not. But your not gonna convince the Mac fanbois of that, heads in the sand...
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:32 AM
 
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I agree as well. The most important thing to remember about this malware and it has already been mentioned, is that once the window pops up almost all users except those who are computer savvy are going to install it even if unintentionally. Regardless of whether you click "install," "exit" or click the "x" in the top right corner to close the window out, it will still install. The window gui is written to execute from all of those buttons. This form of malware is a nuisance regardless of what platform you are running.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Now all we gotta do is figure out how to eliminate that weak link.....
Be careful what you wish for. That's how SkyNet and the Terminators got started.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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They're immune to viruses (self-replicating bad programs), not malware or trojans (bad programs someone installs, with admin access). The article Macrina posted actually talks about how people use the terms interchangeably.
True viruses are pretty rare nowadays on any desktop system. The user is the weakest link, and it just makes sense to target the weakest link whenever possible.

Not using an admin account is a pretty good way to stay secure regardless of your system.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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I agree as well. The most important thing to remember about this malware and it has already been mentioned, is that once the window pops up almost all users except those who are computer savvy are going to install it even if unintentionally. Regardless of whether you click "install," "exit" or click the "x" in the top right corner to close the window out, it will still install. The window gui is written to execute from all of those buttons. This form of malware is a nuisance regardless of what platform you are running.
And these are just the ones that bother you with a button choice. Others just start automatically via java or javascript.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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And these are just the ones that bother you with a button choice. Others just start automatically via java or javascript.
Not if you have the noscript extension and use Firefox..........

NoScript - JavaScript/Java/Flash blocker for Firefox
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:58 PM
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Location: Ohio
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Be careful what you wish for. That's how SkyNet and the Terminators got started.

And the WOPR computer in War Games.
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