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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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An OS X Trojan?

Apparently a Trojan targeting OS X is, um, available.

You have to visit a particular porn site, download and approve installation etc - it claims to be a QT codec.

Apparently Intego has updated their software to get rid of the infection. View that as you wish.

There is something ironic in getting a Trojan off a porn site...

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http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/10...ojan/index.php
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:11 PM   #2
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Good to know it out there so I can watch for it. But I typically don't download Quicktime Codecs or other software from porn sites. But who knows, it could spread.
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mmmm FUD.

I *love* Intego... </sarcasm> The company that said the sky was falling a couple years back and that you had to buy there software from a proof of concept that didn't go beyond a proof of concept. </chip on shoulder>

A trojan? No. Malware? Yes.

It requires explicit user intervention to install, there isn't much anybody can do to prevent something a user chooses to install (via social engineering or something else) without destroying the ability to install viable programs as well.
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:17 PM   #4
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You have to approve the so-called "Trojan's" installation.

It leads users to phishing web sites. So does using the interweb on a daily basis.

(Where is that great tutorial that helps users differentiate between phishing and other scams on the web and in email? It asked 10 questions and rated viewers on their ability to distinguish between them. Thanks.)
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 02:24 PM   #5
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Can't say I'm concerned.
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The ‘OS X has poor security’ thing has become predictable. Every time the OS hits the headlines a short time later there is a flood of news on how poor Mac security really is..

With all the Switchers out there being used to the need for AV etc it's a great sales opening for these guys.

I have seen 6 different articles on the matter these past few days, and of course these are then repeated all over the place. Now the BBC News technology section has Leopards supposedly weak security as a headline.

The problem will really hit if a substantive, hard threat materializes. All the crying wolf stuff in the past will hurt attempts to fix a problem that does occur.

It's becoming increasingly hard to distinguish the FUD from the truly informative observations.
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