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Re: mac trojan in-the-wild
From: "Thor (Hammer of God)" <thor () hammerofgod com>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 17:14:43 -0700

For whoever didn't hear, there is a Macintosh trojan in-the-wild being
dropped, infecting mac users.
Yes, it is being done by a regular online gang--itw--it is not yet
another
proof of concept. The same gang infects Windows machines as well, just
that now they also target macs.

http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/screenshot-of-new-mac-
trojan.html
http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com/2007/10/mackanapes-can-now-can-feel-
pain-of.html

This means one thing: Apple's day has finally come and Apple users are
going to get hit hard. All those unpatched vulnerabilities from years
past
are going to bite them in the behind.

Let's not over-hype this-- while "Apple's day" has been coming, saying
that users 
will be "hit hard" on something the user has to manually download,
manually execute, 
and explicitly grant administrative privileges to is *way* over the top.



I can sum it up in one sentence: OS X is the new Windows 98. Investing
in
security ONLY as a last resort losses money, but everyone has to learn
it
for themselves.

Not "the new Windows 98" by a long shot - saying that is just
irresponsible.  While Apple is not used to dealing with security in the
same way that other companies are, comparing OSX to Windows 98 is not
only a huge technical inaccuracy, but you also insult MAC users out
there.  OSX had "UAC-like unprivileged user controls" way before Vista
did - let's not try to start some holy-war on this like people have
tried to do with Windows vs Linux in the past.

If you want to report this, then report it-- but say what it is, a
totally lame user-must-be-drunk "exploit" that requires that all manner
of things go wrong before it works -- otherwise people will think that
you've dressed up as Steve Gibson for Halloween.

t

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