The first possible mac virus

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  1. b0tt094 macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2006
    I just got an email from my father who's co-worker who is a mac user sent him.

    The blogs were abuzz with news of what some called the first "virus"
    for Mac OS X.

    If you download the file "lastestpics.tgz" and enter your password to

    uncompress and run it, it would attempt to send the file to everyone
    in your iChat buddy list.

    (Who would open a file named "latestpics?" WHo would open a .tgz file??)

    So, it's not a virus. It requires user action to download,
    decompress, and launch the program. I don't know about you, but I
    don't think I would ever download a file with the ".tgz" extension.
    That screams WATCH OUT! You cannot be infected with this malicious
    software unless you intentionally download the file.

    Then you would have to double-click on a generic icon to decompress
    it , and then double-click on the resulting file.

    Depending on how you have your system preferences set up, you would
    probably have to enter your admin password,too.

    You can't "catch" this "virus" by doing nothing=97 like you can when I

    sneeze on you.

    Symantec, which has a vested interest in discovering security issues
    so they can sell you some software, has classified this Oompa Loompa
    Trojan as a category 1 threat (on at 5-point scale with 5 being the

    Ok don't flame me for this, I just want to get the word out in case this is real. Just watch out for that file.

    P.S. This is the exact message they sent me. below the line is what I typed
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    This happened last February, it can't actually spread btw.
  3. b0tt094 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 2, 2006
    ok phew thanks for the update, I wish they mentioned that last part when they sent it :p :cool:
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