experts by and large agree that security via obscurity is not a wise
model for protecting customers over the long term. That's
exactly the model Apple has employed
successfully for some time now. However, its luck finally
appears to be running short.Hot on the heels of a newly
discovered iOS exploit that allows access to locked iPhones,
new reports   from
security research firms SecureFirm and Intego reveals
that a new trojan is targeting Mac users using a vulnerability in OS
X's Java player.According to the Intego report
the new malware, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is really a reworked version
of the Koobface malware, which has attacked Windows in the past.
The malware acts
as a worm when it spreads and as
a trojan when it is infecting your computer.Users
may encounter the worm via links posted on Facebook, MySpace,
Twitter, and other websites. When clicking the link, the applet
attempts to run. Users can stop the infection before it starts
by denying the applet permission to run when OS X's Java player pops
up a dialogue.If they allow the applet to run, they may get
another warning if they have a Mac antispyware program like
VirusBarrier X6’s Anti-Spyware installed. If they don't get
the warning, or choose to disregard it, the applet will attempt to
make a connection with a remote server and installs a rootkit,
backdoor, command and control, and other elements. These files
are copied to an invisible folder -- .jnana -- in the user's home
directory.If the virus is allowed to carry out its infection
process, the unsuspecting Mac user may find themselves part
of a botnet. When they log on social networks, the virus
will post links to spread the infection. It may also send spam
e-mail via their logged-in accountsOther variants of this
virus target Windows and Linux, making it a rare true cross-platform
virus. All these viruses share the fact that they use the Java
player as a route of attack. According to Intego,
other OS X-specific versions of the virus have shown up, but most are
broken or try to connect to offline servers.The malware could
become potentially more dangerous in the future if it is able to
eliminate the warnings from the Java player and/or change the
name/location of the infection directory, making it hard for virus
removal software to find it.While it does not appear that
this virus takes advantage of any unique flaws in Apple's version of
Java, some security experts say that Apple's Java player may have
more vulnerabilities than Window's. That's because Apple makes
its own Java player, which according to an
e-mailreportedly attributed to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs,
is always a version behind the official Linux/Windows builds from Sun
and Oracle.Apple is reportedly considering ditching its Java
player in future versions of OS X, such as OS X 10.7 "Lion".
Similarly it's considering
rejecting Flash, another multimedia web technology.
Ultimately these efforts may eliminate some routes of attack, but now
that Apple is being targeted it must realize -- there is always a
quote: We would even say that today, the Windows operating system is more secure than Mac
quote: Mac users warned of growing virus threathttp://news.techworld.com/security/3245158/mac-use...There are now 5,000 ‘strains’ of malware that target the Mac and the company says it is seeing 500 new Mac-specific samples appearing every month.“We would even say that today, the Windows operating system is more secure than Mac , simply because Microsoft has been working proactively on security for many years,” he added
quote: My aunt's two year old MBP was infected a few months ago, with what I don't know.
quote: Nobody has any evidence that that any mac has been infected with malware.
quote: An argument is put forward that it's because of low market share and thus Macs are difficult to find and not knowing any Mac users so infections are hard to spot.
quote: The fact is that as long as you avoid evidence you can claim anything is true or not true. I prefer the real world and empirical evidence based reasoning, call me old fashioned.
quote: There is no evidence of actual Mac infections.
quote: There is evidence of millions of Windows PCs being infected.
quote: End of story.
quote: Surely Tony is a troll?
quote: hey have the cheek to point the finger at everyone else in order to take the focus off of the weaknesses in Windows and to take umbrage when someone points out the security short comings of their chosen OS.
quote: he gets hit by a bus
quote: I just love Windows fans. They run an OS - out of choice - that is so insecure that it has spawned and continues to nourish a vast world wide industry making malware and they have the cheek to point the finger at everyone else in order to take the focus off of the weaknesses in Windows and to take umbrage when someone points out the security short comings of their chosen OS.