A New Mac Virus!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Rocksaurus, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

    Rocksaurus

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    I don't normally create threads about news that hasn't been posted, since historically when I have a thread that comes along a few days later gets credit for noticing the news, but I didn't see it posted, and what the hey, I'm bored.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119401479695380513.html

    Uh-oh! (if you visit the type of sites mentioned in the article)

    PS I know it's technically a trojan and not a "virus". Whatever you want to call it, it's bad news.
     
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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    At least one more other thread about this, besides the one linked above.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=379763&highlight=new+mac+virus

    Curious how, in the other threads, it goes straight to fearmongering once someone points out that the exploit is not a virus. This is a trojan the user has to authorize... *I* can write a trojan that destroys your computer in ... what? About ten minutes? :rolleyes: That's easy. Call me when it can replicate and transmit.
     
  4. Rocksaurus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the useful input... Now I remember why I don't post news topics. When I'm late, everyone blasts me, when I'm early, everyone ignores me. :p
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Well, now that you're here, can you at least say what's "bad" about this? Unless you (a) visit lots of porn sites and (b) are an idiot, how are you going to fall for this?
     
  6. Macmadant macrumors 6502a

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    i like it how people say as macs get more popular they won't get more malicious software, when this is blatant proof of what we are going to see in the future, more people will want to target the mac as it gets more popular,
     
  7. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Is it malicious software? Yes. Is it a virus? Most definitely not. Whether Mac OS X is considered to be a popular target or not by hackers, the fact still remains that it hasn't had a single virus yet in over 6 years on the market. That should speak enough for itself.
     
  8. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    My first reaction as well.
     
  9. theman macrumors 6502a

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    That's because virus is a Windows word. On Macs, it's called an iDisease. You have to get your terms straight. It's like Widgets/Gadgets.
     

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