Author's Opinion

The views in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of iTWire.

Have your say and comment below.

Thursday, 11 June 2009 12:23

More Mac Malware

By
A new variant of the Tored malware and yet another bogus codec pose a vague threat to Mac OS X users.

The Tored worm first appeared over a month ago. Its intended function is to harvest email addresses from infected Macs, but there was also an indication that its creator was looking to build a botnet.

Sophos says it has received what purported to be the Tored source code, and now claims to provide generic detection for this malware family.

Meanwhile, Pareto Logic's Malware Diaries chronicles a 'scareware' campaign that selectively delivers unwanted code to systems running Windows or Mac OS X in the guise of a "Video ActiveX Object" that will play the promised pornographic content from the offending site.

Labelled Jahlav-C by Sophos, this little nasty actually installs shell and Perl scripts that communicate with a website to download additional malware.

Other members of the Jahlav family have masqueraded as cracks for proprietary applications.

So far, scepticism and caution seem enough to keep a Mac free from malware, but there are still some holes waiting to be exploited. For instance, Tipping Point's Zero Day Initiative lists five high-impact vulnerabilities that have been acquired and notified to Apple, but which remain unpatched.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

GRAND OPENING OF THE ITWIRE SHOP

The much awaited iTWire Shop is now open to our readers.

Visit the iTWire Shop, a leading destination for stylish accessories, gear & gadgets, lifestyle products and everyday portable office essentials, drones, zoom lenses for smartphones, software and online training.

PLUS Big Brands include: Apple, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sennheiser and many more.

Products available for any country.

We hope you enjoy and find value in the much anticipated iTWire Shop.

ENTER THE SHOP NOW!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments