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New Version of the MaControl Trojan Spotted In the Wild 77

Posted by timothy
from the little-beady-coyote-eyes dept.
EliSowash writes "A new version of the MaControl malware has been reported in the wild. More information on the malware, its behavior, and the attack campaign is available from Kaspersky Labs, who discovered this variant. As more malware authors become motivated to attack OS X it is likely that we will continue to see targeted attacks such as this in the future. Just like with PC malware, a combination of exploits and social engineering tricks are generally the most effective; it won't be surprising to see a spike in such attacks soon."
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New Version of the MaControl Trojan Spotted In the Wild

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  • Obviously bogus (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:23PM (#40557999)

    After all, everyone knows that Mac's can't get viruses.

  • by znu (31198) <znu.public@gmail.com> on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:32PM (#40558099)

    Literally every time there's some new bit of Mac malware, we see a chorus of predictions in the form of "This is it, now the floodgates are going to open!" This has been going on for years, and these predictions have all been wrong. There are a couple of a new threats a year, and there isn't actually any particular reason to believe we're on the cusp of a dramatic non-linear increase.

  • Re:Think Different (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 05, 2012 @05:48PM (#40558205)

    Until recently, mac users refused to believe this piece of wisdom, pointing to the lack of viruses and malware, and (erroneously) concluding that it was because their OS of choice was somehow more resiliant to such attacks.

    compared to windows it is. if only due to no internet exploder. course basic literacy is on the decline these days so maybe i need to reluctantly point out for the knee-jerk idiot crowd that "more resiliant" does not mean "absolutely 100% invulnerable".

    but the average mac user will likely be more sensible. I hope.

    the average mac user paid more money for a mac because they thought windows was too hard. your hope is misplaced.

    to make the point consider the opposite scenario. there are proof-of-concept viruses for linux. do you know why there are no linux viruses spreading in the wild? because the average linux user actually has a clue, something you cannot claim for the average windows or mac user.

    linux users tend to understand that "2 hour paris hilton sex video!" should not be a 238kb executable. they understand that the guy sending them e-mail is not really a nigerian prince. they understand that their bank should already have their account number. they understand that their browser performing an HTTP GET of a .jpg does not mean that site can tell if their computer "has a virus".

    you can have the greatest system in the world. if you put it in the hands of an idiot it will still get compromised.

  • Re:Think Different (Score:2, Insightful)

    by macs4all (973270) on Friday July 06, 2012 @12:04AM (#40560497)

    the average mac user paid more money for a mac because they thought windows was too hard.

    No. The average Mac user THESE days purchased a Mac because they were TIRED of Windows.

The bogosity meter just pegged.

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