Posts Tagged: OSX


What To Know About Apple and WireLurker

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Everyone’s heard the saying ‘Macs aren’t malware-proof’, right? Oh, you haven’t? Count me not surprised. It could be due to the fact that that’s not an actual saying, but the more likely reason is that there is a deep-rooted belief among Apple users that Apple products and services are somehow, by default, impervious to viruses, malware, hackers, etc. Allow me to reiterate: THEY’RE NOT! Need proof? Well, we could look back two years ago to Dexter (not the hit Showtime show). Or let’s rewind to early this year, when researchers learned that Macs were still vulnerable to 2011′s famous ‘Flashback Trojan’? […]

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New Mac Malware Uses Right-to-Left Override To Trick Users

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By Michael Sweeting After a relatively long lag period without seeing any particular new and exciting Mac malware, last week we saw the surfacing of a new and interesting method of compromising the OSX system. Malware authors have taken a new approach by altering file extensions of malicious .app packages in order to trick users into thinking they are opening relatively harmless .pdf or .doc files. Changing file extensions in Mac OSX can be tricky due to a built in security feature of the OS that detects attempts to change the extension and automatically annexes the extension of its correct […]

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Our Twitter Q&A with Threat Research Director Jeff Horne

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By Jeff Horne On December 11, 2009, users of Twitter submitted questions to Webroot’s Director of Threat Research, Jeff Horne, as part of a live Q&A session. Webroot’s Twitter followers asked questions about connecting safely to the Internet while traveling during the holidays. A variety of questions came in live, with some others through direct messages in advance, and one non-twitter user asked a question via Webroot’s Facebook page. The interview was tracked using the #webroot hashtag, which has been omitted from the tweets to make them easier to read. We’ve posted a transcript of the Q&A on the following […]

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