Malware

Security Specialist: iPhone 5 Won’t Be Immune To Malware

According to a blog entry about smartphone security by a computer security specialist and a writer, Bruce Schneier, iPhones will never get more secure than Android because of the rules imposed by Apple on the iTunes App Store. Bruce Schneier’s blog post sheds light on smartphones in general, not only the iPhone. He writes, “As

PDF Trojan Horse Threatens Mac Users

A new malware has come to the scene that disguises itself as a PDF to trap users into opening it. As a result, an Apache server gets installed on ones Mac. On the opening of the file, the executable comes into play, extracting a different executable, which then downloads a backdoor from a remote server,

Russian Raid Suggests Tie Between MacDefender And ChronoPay

When the MacDefender malware made the rounds a couple of months ago, we all wondered who exactly was behind MacDefender. After a recent raid in Russia, the question appears to have been answered. Russian law enforcement raided the offices of ChronoPay, and according to reports, the police found “mountains of evidence” that ChronoPay was offering

MacDefender Taking On More Names Of Genuine Software Packages

The criminal attempts to steal Mac user’s information by changing names of their scam are continuing to uphold by MacDefender developers. To this point, they have been using the naming scheme of the word “Mac” followed by a security-related word such as Defender, Protector, or Security. The latest name used for this software is MacShield,

Apple Responds Quickly To Latest MACDefender Variant

Yesterday, we witnessed that a quick move was made by the attackers behind the “Mac Defender” malware to combat Apple’s new security update, within hours a new variant got released of the malware that was capable of dodging around Apple’s new protection.   Gladly for users, Apple has moved just about as quickly as the

Mac Defender Attackers Circumvent Latest Snow Leopard Safeguards

A report notes, malware coders have already succeeded to bypass the initial antivirus signatures implemented with Security Update 2011-003. A new version of Mac Defender, linked to a file called Mdinstall.pkg, appears to have been intentionally crafted to go undetected by up-to-date copies of Snow Leopard. The file is even time stamped to Tuesday at

In Nuking Mac Defender, Apple Intros Self-Updating Anti-Malware Database To OS X

Apple has lastly stepped in to crushing MacDefender, the malware that has blown up on users’ machines over the last few weeks. Fulfilling their promise to nuke MacDefender from orbit, Apple has just released Mac Security Update 2011-003. The update has more to it than only a MacDefender nuke, though. For the first time ever,

MacDefender Scareware Linked To Russian ChronoPay Website

A security researcher suggests that the Mac Defender malware currently infecting Mac owners is linked to a Russian website, ChronoPay. ChronoPay is expressed as “Russia’s largest online payment processor,” but also “an unabashed ‘leader’ in the scareware industry,” already connected with forged antivirus software. As the case with many Windows threats, Mac Defender and its

‘MacGuard’ Malware Attacks Hollywood’s Favorite Computers

Mac computers are normally loved by screenwriters, directors and cinematographers for its ease of use with editing images and writing software. Popular programs like Final Cut Pro, Final Draft etc make the Mac the laptop a choice for much of the entertainment industry. But over the last few weeks, a set of Trojan horses has

Mac Malware Is Back In Action

Mac Defender malware may have been conquered by Apple with an official support page and a commitment to wipe out the hitch through a software update, but that’s not keeping malware authors from fighting back. A new sort of fake antivirus software called Mac Guard has emerged, and in contrast to Mac Defender, it needs