OS X can be attacked

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Benzy, Jul 6, 2009.

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  1. Benzy macrumors member

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    Ok so I been on a Mac for 6 months, the reason i moved to Mac was to get myself a peace of mind from virus, worms, spywares, trojans and etc.

    But today, one of my friend (who likes to prank people) sent me a link:

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    DO NOT click on this link, what it does is, it will take over your computer, open a bunch of websites with what ever browser you're using, open skype, try to message a bunch of people, open mail, create 25 drafts, and open terminal and etc.

    I had to force quit mail, skype, terminal and safari to terminate this bs. Looks like OS X isn't safe after all?
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    ANY OS can be attacked. No one has ever said OS X is immune to attacks. It is, however, more resistent to uninvited attack than Windows. Usually, you have to invite a problem in.
     
  3. Benzy thread starter macrumors member

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    but how does one suppose to know that link is actually an attack? That's the whole point isn't it? To prevent things like that from happening. We can be surfing the web and run into links like that all the time. If this was the case then how is OS X any different to windows?
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't see the page, but everything you said (except the launching of Terminal :confused: ) isn't an attack. It's just a page launching applications from links to different registered protocols. Most likely nothing more than some JavaScript.
     
  5. iShater macrumors 604

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    You can't download TryThis.EXE and run it. :)
     
  6. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    That's not an attack, that's just overloading your computer with requests to download stuff and try to open applications, making it harder for you to deny it.

    I removed the link because I doubt anyone else wants to see what that is, not to mention it's offensive (I didn't look at it long enough to care what else was on it).
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I didn't click it (I'm at work), but I did ask the Mods to disable it.
    I assumed it was probably a JavaScript as well.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. Benzy thread starter macrumors member

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  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, your Mac is not compromised
    There are no viruses for the Mac
    There are a few, rare, trojans
    They require you to enter your admin password

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  10. poolish macrumors regular

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    the difference is that the link doesn't do anything to your mac which actually harms it..
     
  11. annk Administrator

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    As Benzy pointed out three posts up, there's already a thread on this:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=692575

    Since merging these two would make the content a little confusing, I'm just closing this thread. Any further discussion can go in the other thread. :)
     
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