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Mac users are now at risky of getting a nasty virus.  (Source: Listmania)

If it you approve, you are a sad noob, and your Mac is infected.  (Source: Intego)
Mac: Hi PC, I'm not feeling so hot today... PC: Oh, I know ALL about that. I think you have a virus!

Security 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 [1] [2] 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 accounts

Other 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 back door.


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RE: More pleasing fantasies for the truly insecure
By Luticus on 11/2/2010 8:50:14 AM , Rating: 2
For the most part i completely agree with everything you've said here.

They won't lock down the Mac the way they have iOS devices.
This could be true and i certainly hope this is the case.

nothing objectively significantly better or worse as far as business practices go.
I agree this is all preference, for me i feel that ms is the winner here because ms attacked other business while apple deceives customers, and limits customers use of their computers. i want a machine that will let me do whatever i want with it, anything less than that is no good to me. For the most part windows lets me do this, so 99.9% of the time I'll use windows and the rest of the time I'll use Linux/Mac.

I'm glad Apple switch to x86 based systems 4 years ago
As am i, best move ever!

Apple recommends AV software for Mac OS X
I know, this is something else i don't like about apple. They recommend anti-virus but they do so quietly so that they save face. They don't care if their customers get viruses as long as they are still seen as the clean "cool" sterile environment. Yet if customers do get viruses they can point out "see we've recommended anti-virus for years!" Making users sign agreements not to talk about problems they've had with their platform.... yea I'm not buying into that. If you use mac then great, i hope you enjoy it and never have a problem. If you understand that windows has it's place and that people are morons for choosing it then ever better! When it comes down to it, that's really all i want. I don't get why people have to be smug about what operating system their using... i just don't get it.

RE: More pleasing fantasies for the truly insecure
By Luticus on 11/2/2010 8:55:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you understand that windows has it's place and that people are morons for choosing it then ever better!

This should read: If you understand that windows has it's place and that people are NOT morons for choosing it then ever better! :-)

By gstrickler on 11/3/2010 11:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
This should read: If you understand that windows has it's place and that people are NOT morons for choosing it then ever better! :-)
I liked the typo better. :)

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