New Variant of 'Mac Defender' Quickly Evades Apple's Security Update as Cat-and-Mouse Game Begins

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    As we noted yesterday, Apple released Security Update 2011-003 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, a system update addressing the "Mac Defender" malware threat that has been running in the wild under several different variants for the past month. The update provides tools for automatically removing the malware, as well as protection against future infections. But as reported by ZDNet, a new variant of the malware capable of circumventing Apple's update has already appeared. popping up within hours of Apple's software release.
    Apple has prepared for this eventuality by including automatic daily updates of malware definitions with the software update, enabling it to quickly deploy protection as new variants and entirely different pieces of malware surface. Consequently, Apple should be able to respond to the new threat relatively quickly, although the speed with which the new variant appeared suggests that those responsible for the malware will not be going away easily.

    Article Link: New Variant of 'Mac Defender' Quickly Evades Apple's Security Update as Cat-and-Mouse Game Begins
  2. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    I'm amazed people are still stupid enough to manually download and run this considering all the press coverage it has received.
  3. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    Props to those guys beating Apple at this.

    As much as you can hate windows, MS has been very serious about security on Windows with a much tighter security system in Windows 7. Not saying that they had already not needed that, but they have been very careful and have come strong on viruses and malware.

    Apple, you need to tighten up here.
  4. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    LOL! Funny.... looks like the crooks are hard at work to stir the pot on the Mac side.

    Doesn't scare me. I don't install what I don't know. Malware is just annoying.
  5. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    I wonder, you'd say the same thing if your mom or dad would have caught up with this.

    Not everybody is smart or a genius.
  6. laurim macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    I'm amazed people have nothing better to do than create viruses and malware all day. Imagine what could be achieved if people used their time and skills to do something useful for society. Hope they goof up, get traced and held accountable.
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Nice troll attempt. If MS was serious about security they would start by removing the registry.
  8. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    To bad the crtetins that are that mentally enabled to create this, as well as the work around, don't put their minds to work for the good of humanity;)
    be a better world, hopefully when they grow up.:cool:
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    Most of this news is on tech orientated sites, the average consumer base likely to fall for this software most likely aren't going to visit these sites.

    Stating Microsoft take security seriously is a troll attempt? And what do you have against the registry, I'd prefer an easily searchable central registry of files rather than a million .ini files scattered the length and breadth of my hard drive.
  10. ten-oak-druid macrumors 68000


    Jan 11, 2010
    Well hopefully the cat and mouse game leads to clues to finding who actually is behind the malware.

    We need a survey asking people who actually run this thing if they:
    A. Have always been Mac OS users.
    B. Have converted from Windows OS.
  11. laurim macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2003
    Minnesota USA
    Or obsessively reading mac news articles...
  12. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011


    I use Windows 7 for some of my work. My main machines are OS X and SunOS.

    What I am trying to say that MS has showed a lot of effort on the security side which Apple has not, yet.

    If you think I'm wrong, fine. But I don't see how I am biased towards Microsoft in this regard.
  13. .Joel macrumors member

    May 10, 2005
    This would have to be the dumbest, most ignorant post I have read all week on here. Apple has addressed the first instance, and is now doing rolling updates pushing them straight through to your Mac to update the malware/virus definitions.

    "Join date May 2011" next to your name tells me everything I need to know. Just another late comer who thinks he knows everything. I'm sure you will concoct some story as ignorant as your statement above.
  14. segfaultdotorg macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2007
    I guess it's time for Apple to catch up to Microsoft by including Microsoft Security Essentials on OS X.
  15. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    The thing is, Malware is user initiated. Unless MS, Apple or whoever knows about a specific threat, you can't stop someone from offering a user the opportunity to download something. If they say yes, they invite the crooks in. Viruses is another story. These have to go around security in the OS to install themselves and extract information or change system settings to cause harm. Obviously the second is way more dangerous because you don't see it coming.

    I only point this out because what the heck is Apple suppose to do any different? If you don't know what to not allow, or look for, you can't stop someone from wanting to install software.
  16. i.mac macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2007
    Makes you wonder if nokia/ms are behind this! :)
  17. kerryb macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2003
    How can you even compare the 2 companies' OS's? Microsoft has had to plug the Swiss cheese Windows due to a shabby legacy code. Unix (Mac OS X) has always been more secure than DOS, it was designed as a network OS unlike DOS.

    I'm surprised the police cannot track the perps in this case considering the credit card info taken from its victims, then again there might be a huge well funded organization behind most kinds of phishing and malware.
  18. Themaeds macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    You provided a well written opposing view point. You are obviously a troll

    *Sarcasm alert
  19. juicedropsdeuce macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Apple has no incentive to take this threat seriously. They will use it to leverage people into only using the App Store. It will prepare people for the merging of iOS and Mac OS.
  20. Žalgiris macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2010
    I doubt that one needs to be very smart or a genius. If something happens what you didn't do or didn't want to do better click 'Cance/No/Deny'
  21. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2007
    Fetcham Surrey UK
    That's not what's happening.
    At work, for the past two days, several times a day when I open Safari and go to a site like the drudge report, the screen gets taken over by the malware attack and fake scan and it won't allow you to click cancel or navigate elsewhere.
    You can only accept the download or shut down Safari and try again.
    I found 18 downloads of the malware file in my downloads folder and I never accepted any download. Naturally, I deleted them all, but if the open downloads button had been ticked in Safari, it would have been a disaster.
    This is a strong attack that could easily hurt some less computer-capable people.
  22. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    And you are a newbie?

    I may be a late comer but I do have a life like most others and haven't been able to get an account and chat with you all.

    I am 39 years old; that does not mean I am new to Apple or their products.

    Suddenly, when I have an opinion against Apple, I am wrong? I think, they are not as serious about security as Microsoft are. Simple.

    I maybe wrong, but that's how I feel.
  23. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    What is Microsoft doing that Apple is not that would currently prevent a Mac Defender type attack? Daily definition updates of an anti-malware scanner is the most appropriate strategy. Outside of preventing the user from installing unapproved applications, I'm not sure what else you can do.
  24. Menge macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
    Aw, crap. This kind of sucks. I wonder if Apple's just going to update the definitions or actually look at a different solution.
  25. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007

    I've always wondered is the Virus protection companies aren't the ones that hire suspect engineers from places like Russia to keep the need for them rolling. Wouldn't be too surprising if it was true.

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