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Topic # 32469 17-Apr-2009 12:39
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According to ZDNet if you are one of those who downloaded a pirate copy of iWork 09 from torrent sites then your loved Mac might be part of a botnet now...

" Writing in the current issue of Virus Bulletin (subscription required), researchers Mario Ballano Barcena and Alfredo Pesoli found two malware variants — OSX.Iservice and OSX.Iservice.B — using different techniques to obtain the user’s password and take control of the infected Mac machine.

The variants have been found inside bogus copies of iWork ’09 and Adobe Photoshop CS4 which were shared on the popular p2p torrent network. The author of the malware downloaded the original/trial versions of each program and introduced a copy of the malicious binary into the packages.  Users who then downloaded and installed the applications from the torrent download would have been infected. It is estimated that thousands of people have downloaded the infected torrent files."






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  Reply # 207562 17-Apr-2009 13:02
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Yep this was big news a few months ago.  Really its the users own fault for being so stupid as to install torrented software.  But this WAS a type of social engineering that led to machines being infected.  It had to have user participation/intervention for it to have worked.  Macs are still relatively safe from the more common Windows infections that take advantage of software exploits without needing user intervention.


That said, anyone who thinks any computer is invulnerable is asking for trouble.   

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  Reply # 209332 25-Apr-2009 21:53
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So hang on, we have idiots out there who use pirated software off dodgy sources and apparently Mac OS X is declared bug riddled piece of crap?

Um - at what point do people take personal responsibility or is it in the day of politically correct trendiness than personal responsibility no longer in vogue?

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 209355 25-Apr-2009 23:31
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Found this interesting...

As more and more vulnerabilities are found in the Mac OS X (Leopard) operating system, security researchers are realizing the importance of developing proof-of-concept exploits for those vulnerabilities. This unique tome is the first book to uncover the flaws in the Mac OS X operating system—and how to deal with them. Written by two white hat hackers, this book is aimed at making vital information known so that you can find ways to secure your Mac OS X systems, and examines the sorts of attacks that are prevented by Leopard’s security defenses, what attacks aren’t, and how to best handle those weaknesses.


http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470395362.html

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