And suddenly... silence... on the Mac malware scene.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Demigod Mac, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

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    After that big stink a few weeks ago about MacDefender and its variants, all that alarmist news about Mac malware has suddenly become a silent. Haven't heard a peep ever since.

    So did Apple's solution prove effective? Are the malware authors still attempting to make variants? I noticed that Apple's malware definitions file has been updated to version 18. So something must be going on still, but it's likely no longer a significant threat anymore.
     
  2. Benz63amg macrumors 68000

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    apple got us covered as long as u applied the software update ;)
     
  3. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    I'm on a G5 running 10.5.8, and there were no software updates required on my machine. One of the things I was hesitant about when considering adopting the intel chips, very well known by hackers. I guess PPC remained unaffected.:cool:
     
  4. Demigod Mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, this is interesting. After skyrocketing to version 20, Apple's def files suddenly stopped there. Are the criminals now realizing it's not worth their effort and are giving up? Or are they retooling the thing to come back for round 2?
     
  5. Demigod Mac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    We're on version 21 of the definitions, last updated 6/23. An eternity in the malware world for NOT producing a new variant.

    Have the criminals given up?
    Did Apple find a way to blacklist their software on a deeper level?
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    You make it sound like that there was a rash of malware from a lot of authors.

    We were dealing with a single malware program that was updated a couple of times to circumvent apple's security. The criminals have not given up, because there weren't many of them doing this.

    I'm not saying Macs won't be the target of such attacks in the future but a single malware program cannot be considered a rash of attacks
     
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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/XProtect.plist
     
  9. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Yes, absolutely. Of course the old stuff will be more secure because it's old. PC users should all be using Windows ME to stay secure.

    :rolleyes:
     
  10. naix macrumors member

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    I cant find CoreServices in my library folder.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Did you check /System/Library and not /Library?
     
  12. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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    We wouldn't be having this conversation if that folder wasn't there.
     

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