New Mac Trojan Horse Found! Critical Alert! October 28, 2010 4 Comments
Calling all ITK Mac users! Keep your wits about you! While its no secret that new viruses crop up every single day, and that they’re all over the internet, its not every day that there’s a big time critical alert that Mac users need to be aware of.
SecureMac, a security blog devoted to locking down the Mac, has issued a critical alert for all Mac users. They’ve discovered a trojan horse, or a virus that allows someone from the outside to seize control of your computer without your knowledge, that is spreading through social networking sites and email. If you get a message in which the subject line reads “Is this you in this video?” DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. It’s not you in the video, I promise.
The virus basically sets your computer up to not need passwords for anything, allowing the outside user exploiting the security flaw to have complete access to anything on your Mac. Additionally, it runs at startup in the background, and does so silently, so you’d never even know it was there. It will also have your Mac participating in other attacks, as well as sending your private data back to their server. This will slow your computer down. If you feel like your Mac’s been sluggish, or just want to double check that you don’t have the virus, click here to download SecureMac’s removal tool. You can run it with one click and if you have the virus, it will be gone in no time.
In closing, don’t forget to be safe on the web. Only surf to websites that you know and trust. Watch what you download, and the links you click, as these actions are where you can get in to trouble. Lastly, use OS X’s security features and maybe even some extra software. Mac’s come with a built in firewall, why not use it? Also, please pass this article on to your Mac using friends to stop this virus before it gets too bad!
In light of this and other viruses, I’m going to give you all a rundown on some ways to help keep your Mac secure, so check back soon. Are you worried about the number of viruses for Mac’s growing as Mac’s become more popular? Also, if you scan your system and find that you do have the virus (we didn’t,) let us know!
See you in the comments!
Source – SecureMac