Mac Trojan spotted in the wild


Sophos warns Apple Mac users not to be complacent about security as new Trojan horse surfaces


Experts at SophosLabs, Sophos’s global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have issued a warning advising Apple Mac users to ensure they are taking sufficient precautions to safeguard their computers, as a new Trojan horse for the Mac OS X platform is discovered.

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Experts at SophosLabs, Sophos’s global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have issued a warning advising Apple Mac users to ensure they are taking sufficient precautions to safeguard their computers, as a new Trojan horse for the Mac OS X platform is a Trojan horse is capable of infecting Mac OS X computers, in an attempt to steal passwords, open firewall to give access to hackers, and disable security settings. “It’s true that Mac OS X computers are far less commonly targeted than Windows PCs by hackers and malware authors, but that doesn’t mean that Apple lovers can rest on their laurels and disregard common sense when it comes to securing their computers,” said Carole  Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. “In the last twelve months, we have seen growing evidence that cybercriminals are looking increasingly for opportunities to hack into Mac computers for financial gain.

Although the problem is much smaller than on Windows, Mac users would still be wise to ensure that they run an anti-virus, keep up-to-date with security patches, and to exercise care as to which programs they choose to install on their computers.”

Personal view:

I’m not worried and won’t be installing any anti-virus software just yet on my Macs. As long as you take sensible precautions there is extremely little chance of you picking up a virus in my experience. I regard myself as a heavy user of the net, visiting hundreds of sites each week, downloading lots of files and trying out various demo software. In over 15 years I have never picked up a Mac virus, EVER, but have lost count of the amount of spyware and trojans etc I have picked up on PCs, even with anti-virus software!

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