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Malware coders have created a Mac-specific Trojan that is designed to attack anti-malware defences built into Apple's Mac OS X operating system. The Flashback.C trojan disables the automatic update component of XProtect, OS X's anti-malware application, net security firm F-Secure reports. By wiping out files, the malware …

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Must... resist

The Shadenfreunde temptation, she is beink strong.

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OMG

Pitr has escaped from UserFriendly.org!

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Anonymous Coward

Why?

I laugh at Windows users - in their faces even - all the time there's a new bug... Fortunately that happens every day.

Go ahead. You've waited long enough.

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Joke

Careful or you'll start to feel Glauckenstück

(Rose, Two and a Half Men - "feeling deep remorse for having felt Schadenfreude.")

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Anonymous Coward

A joke in Two and a Half Men?

Now I know you're full of shit

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Not to worry...

...EVERYONE knows Apple products are IMMUNE from ALL attacks.

Nothing to see here...please move along.

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jai
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so one more reason then...

to avoid installing Flash player.

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Anonymous Coward

Masquerading as Flash?

That's like a burglar masquerading as a squatter.

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Just make sure you install flash from Adobe, not some dodgy site, Simples!

Oh, and install a virus checker for the other 3 possible threats.

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"Malware coders have created a Mac-specific Trojan that is designed to attack anti-malware defences built into Apple's Mac OS X operating system."

Its actually targeting obscurity? Cool!!!

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Anonymous Coward

Yay

If it carries on like this pretty soon all those fanbois will be able to play with the popular kids

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Anonymous Coward

Yes,

In 20 years or so. Probably past caring by then, leave that for the new generation.

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Anonymous Coward

past caring already, not even sure I ever did care I just enjoy winding up fanbois

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Trojan

It's a trojan, not a virus or a worm. In other words, you have to download an app from an dodgy web site and enter your admin password to authenticate when it tries to install itself... and then bad things might happen? I'm shaking in my boots with fear at the mere thought of how dangerous my world has suddenly become.

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White lists?

How about just enabling white lists? Microware's OS-9 used it back in the 1980s.

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This is news, how?

It's a trojan. It doesn't exploit any security hole. It uses social engineering to trick the user into giving it the access it wants. The only people who ever thought or claimed that the Mac was immune to stuff like this are the strawman-toting half-wits in the Windows world.

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WTF?

Not hardly Sparky.

" The only people who ever thought or claimed that the Mac was immune to stuff like this are the strawman-toting half-wits in the Windows world."

No...it would be the Apple Lemmings who have espoused this line of fantasy...which apparently you are one...NOT Windows user.

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and...?

Macs have always had trojans - which require convincing the user to install them. Hell, every operating system out there is vulnerable to convincing the users to install stuff. This is not news.

The big news will be with the first MacOS virus - that propagate without user intervention. I note that the total count on those is still... zero. I have no doubt that some day some clever clogs will create one, but so far nobody has.

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not all

Not really, *BSD and GNU/Linux distributives and apparently not. For these OS's 99.99 % of software installation and updates happen from central repositories/ports through package managers using checksums and PGP. Of course, repos/ports may as well be fooled/hacked to get end users install malware.. well that never happened.

This free and open software has luxury, proprietary and non-free Mac OSX and Windows cannot afford

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I find it interesting that the majority of the posts here are from what appear to be Mac defenders who are posting as though there were Windows people here attacking them. Nice pre-emptive move!

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Not me

I posted as a Flash attacker. Still waiting for the Flash fanbois (Flash-gits?) to get on the defense...

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I don't think there are any Flash fanbois. It'd take a special kind of insanity to defend Flash's security.

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Mushroom

Majority?

You mean 3 out of the first 8 posts (not counting replies)? That kind of majority?

Maths fail...

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Wouldn't have happened if they used......wait.....they did. Never mind.

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Not quite

"The Flashback.C Trojan poses as a Flash Player installer."

This should read: "The Flashback.C Trojan poses as a badly-written, bug-infested pile of excrement that should not be allowed anywhere near computer hardware."

There, fixed it.

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