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Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Mac malware bypasses Apple File Quarantine in hours

Dear Apple: welcome to the malware race. Despite Apple having released a new, daily-updating antivirus system yesterday to clean out the MacDefender menace, the authors of the malware responded within hours with a new version that bypasses the OS X defenses. ZDNet reports that it took less than 8hrs from the Mac Security Update 2011-003 definitions being released to an updated MacDefender build arriving.

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Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple Update Removes MacDefender Malware

Apple customers have been in for a rude awakening with the recent MacDefender malware problem. The trojan malware tricked unsuspecting users to enter their admin passwords and even credit card information. AppleCare staff were instructed not to assist with the removal of the malware, but that may have been because Apple was planning to send out a security update to take care of the problem.

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MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

MacDefender malware renamed MacGuard, bypasses Apple fix

Apple's attempts to handle the MacDefender malware have already been circumnavigated by the apps author, with a new version resilient to the official removal method in the wild within 12 hours. Spotted by Intego, the updated variant now uses a two-part approach to infection. Renamed as MacGuard, it first installs a downloader - with no administrator password required, as long as the person using the Mac has an administrator account - and then that grabs the new version of MacDefender and installs that without the user realizing.

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Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

Apple To Nuke MacDefender Malware With OS X Update

There's been a high alert recently regarding the Mac Defender and Mac Security trojans that have been fooling unsuspecting Mac users into handing over admin passwords and credit card information. And although Apple has remained particularly mum on the topic, it looks like they will be nuking the malware in an upcoming OSX update.

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Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple warns AppleCare team off fixing Mac malware

Apple has reportedly advised its AppleCare staff not to assist Mac users in removing malware, while the company conducts an investigation into the "Mac Defender" and "Mac Security" trojans. According to a leaked internal memo, acquired by ZDNet, support staff should only advise Mac owners not to install the malicious apps, and - if they discover that their warning comes too late - direct them to an Apple Support document on malware rather than "make recommendations for specific software to assist."

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USB smartphone exploit turns Android into an invader

USB smartphone exploit turns Android into an invader

Next time somebody asks you if they can recharge their smartphone from your laptop's USB port, you might be opening yourself up to a potential malware attack. Professor and student team Angelos Stavrou and Zhaohui Wang from George Mason University have figured out a system whereby a compromised Android smartphone mounts as a standard HID (human input device) when plugged into a Windows, OS X or Linux computer, potentially giving keyboard and mouse access to malware or even a remote hacker.

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Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

Android Geinimi trojan infecting phones through side-loaded apps

A virus affecting third-party Android app stores has been spotted, with the potential to strip handset and SIM identifier data and send it, as well as location information, to the trojan's authors. Dubbed Geinimi, the malware is currently infecting various Chinese third-party app stores; according to Lookout, as well as stealing personal information, the trojan could leave an Android phone open to remote access and control by a hacker.

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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