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1 in 5 Mac Computers Harbors Malware, Claims Sophos

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April 24, 2012 8:24:03 PM

But god told me macs did not viruses !!! How is this possible?, fuck my life :( 
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April 24, 2012 8:38:01 PM

Now lets watch as Apple proceed to try and squash such news. Lemme go fetch some popcorns and pops.
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April 24, 2012 8:41:54 PM

Welcome to the party apple!
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April 24, 2012 8:44:02 PM

Malware? Nonsense. The technical term is digital pollen or pixie dust. Macs can't have malware. It's not possible. They are safe and magical.
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April 24, 2012 8:54:05 PM

PlasmidBut god told me macs did not viruses !!! How is this possible?, fuck my life


That wasn't god, that was Steve Jobs... And guess who's still dead three days later...
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April 24, 2012 9:05:37 PM

DroKingNow lets watch as Apple proceed to try and squash such news. Lemme go fetch some popcorns and pops.


Most likely they will sue Sophos for spreading lies. But in reality I used to clean viruses and malware for the windows machines of my friends and now it looks like that I'm gonna be cleaning the same crap from the macs of my friends.

I'm running Linux by the way. ;) 
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April 24, 2012 9:10:06 PM

SpicPesoThat wasn't god, that was Steve Jobs... And guess who's still dead three days later...


harsh...kinda funny, but harsh.
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April 24, 2012 9:10:25 PM

... because it's Windows based ? How does that work ?
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April 24, 2012 9:24:25 PM

Time to get A/V...well, it's past time really.
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April 24, 2012 9:46:50 PM

I read a different article that the windows based malware obviously don't affect the Macs, but can still be spread to windows machines. Hey Mac users, do the world a favor and run some AV to help stop the spread of digital herpes!!!
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April 24, 2012 9:54:57 PM

whiteodianI read a different article that the windows based malware obviously don't affect the Macs, but can still be spread to windows machines. Hey Mac users, do the world a favor and run some AV to help stop the spread of digital herpes!!!


heh nice.

On another note. Really, stop with the Apple bashing. You guys are worse than Cubs fans.
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April 24, 2012 9:55:37 PM

Misleading title is Misleading.
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April 24, 2012 9:58:18 PM

whiteodianI read a different article that the windows based malware obviously don't affect the Macs, but can still be spread to windows machines. Hey Mac users, do the world a favor and run some AV to help stop the spread of digital herpes!!!


Mac users will swear it gives their computer autism.
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April 24, 2012 10:09:42 PM

Not surprised. The majority of Mac users are technologically illiterate fools who make their purchasing decisions based on commercials and whatever is the flavor of the day.
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April 24, 2012 10:17:39 PM

ctbaars... because it's Windows based ? How does that work ?


It is malware that infects windows, it cannot operate on osx, but it can still be there and it can still be spread to other computers even though it isn't functional.

amdphenomx4Misleading title is Misleading.


not sure what is misleading about saying 1 in 5 macs are harboring malware when that is exactly what the article says.
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April 24, 2012 10:19:13 PM

there are so many ignorant mac users out there....it hurts me when i tell them to purchase some kind of security software yet they seem to realize that no OS is totally secure
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April 24, 2012 10:27:11 PM

kcotton said:
harsh...kinda funny, but harsh.


You must be new to internet. :ange: 
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April 24, 2012 10:29:07 PM

Truthiness;
1 in 5 macs have malware written for windows sitting in their spam box delivered by e-mail.

PS: Any up-to-date version of BSD is completely secure, it takes action from a user to infect this OS.
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April 24, 2012 11:29:34 PM

They must have held the virus scanner wrong.
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April 24, 2012 11:36:06 PM

These news made my day
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April 24, 2012 11:38:52 PM

LORD_ORIONTruthiness;1 in 5 macs have malware written for windows sitting in their spam box delivered by e-mail.PS: Any up-to-date version of BSD is completely secure, it takes action from a user to infect this OS.


Gave you a thumbs up for speaking the truth but obviously that won't help.

xerrozThese news made my day


Because you have a sad life? I mean seriously, why would you even give a crap about something like this (assuming you don't have a Mac?)

nebunthere are so many ignorant mac users out there....it hurts me when i tell them to purchase some kind of security software yet they seem to realize that no OS is totally secure


Security experts will tell you that most AV is outdated - yes, it's better than nothing but it's not better than being educated about computer usage.
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April 24, 2012 11:47:44 PM

LORD_ORIONTruthiness;1 in 5 macs have malware written for windows sitting in their spam box delivered by e-mail.PS: Any up-to-date version of BSD is completely secure, it takes action from a user to infect this OS.


Nothing is completely secure and BSD (including it's derivatives) are no exception to this. Even fully updated Macs are vulnerable and they are still even more vulnerable than a PC. At least most PCs come with AV and a firewall, even if they aren't the greatest AV/firewall programs out there.

brizzelsproutheh nice.On another note. Really, stop with the Apple bashing. You guys are worse than Cubs fans.


Most of the bashing is factual and deserved by Apple, so it's probably never going to stop, or at least it won't stop until Apple stops giving people ammunition to shoot at Apple such as Apple consistently despicable customer support, collusion, and the constant lies that they spew.For example, Apple recently stated that the graphics of the A5X is four times faster than graphics of Tegra 3 in a public statement. Apple even included a useless graph without providing any evidence supporting this when it is in fact only twice as fast, according to everyone who actually tested it.

Another excellent, recent wold be how Apple specifically ordered their tech support guys to not help Mac owners with problems related to the Flash Back trojan until this all blew up in their face. Apple also specifically said that Macs are completely immune to Windows malware, despite this article clearly telling us that a security firm discovered that one in five Macs has Windows malware and could be spreading it as we speak.

Really now, give us good reasons to not bash Apple. Apple certainly isn't giving people good reasons to stop it.
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April 25, 2012 12:54:09 AM

It seems to me that Apple has a market advantage if windows-based malware continues to spread. I'm not saying they are doing it on purpose, but then again, it's kind of in their favor if they don't really try to stop it either.
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April 25, 2012 12:55:07 AM

A lot of commenters here with no regard to the difference between malware and a virus.
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April 25, 2012 1:35:57 AM

Apple needs to bring back Justin Long, the 'mac guy'
....so that he can star in a string of much-needed "Get a Mac Antivirus Suite" ads...

Ok, serious point here:
It's actually kind of amazing that mac users don't make use of antivirus software to detect infected files that manage to get stored on their machines for whatever reason. I use Ubuntu as my main OS, but I have Avast AV installed to scan all files that I occasional get from my Windows friends. Even though I can't get infections from Windows malware, I'm still aware of the fact that infected files will still show up eventually by way of flash drives and portable drives that my friends and colleagues share with me, and I should have a way to detect these infected files before I accidentally store them (especially on DVD-R) or share them with others. It's called common sense.

It will be interesting to see what impact Apple's "Time Machine" backup utility will have on reinfection rates. Some users of this software probably have some viruses stored in their backups.
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April 25, 2012 3:19:16 AM

shardeyA lot of commenters here with no regard to the difference between malware and a virus.


A virus is a type of malware.
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April 25, 2012 3:27:27 AM

aftcometNot surprised. The majority of users are technologically illiterate fools who make their purchasing decisions based on commercials and whatever is the flavor of the day.

fixed.

hate to be cynical, but that is life.
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April 25, 2012 3:33:46 AM

LORD_ORIONTruthiness;1 in 5 macs have malware written for windows sitting in their spam box delivered by e-mail.PS: Any up-to-date version of BSD is completely secure, it takes action from a user to infect this OS.

wait. doesn't everyone (read: most users) use webmail? is stuff in your spam folder actually downloaded? mine isn't.
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April 25, 2012 5:49:49 AM

Bottom line: Anti-Virus for OS X is still a resource hog and at best is going to find Windows malware.

With the exception of Flashback, all OS X malware are simple trojans, and the Flashback vulnerability was already patched. Having the right AV-software installed might have given you one or two days more protection, but that's it.

dotalocwait. doesn't everyone (read: most users) use webmail? is stuff in your spam folder actually downloaded? mine isn't.


Why would you use webmail if you have a good email program that makes managing emails and multiple email-accounts much more efficient and automatically tells you, if you have unread mails?
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April 25, 2012 8:44:32 AM

Maybe the infection rate is so high for both operating systems because sophos doesn't make a good enough effort of keeping their users's systems clean ?
fep/mse is free too, and we're seeing an infection rate of 0,64% (8 systems) based on the last 24 hours. And those infections are no longer present.
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April 25, 2012 10:25:01 AM

All this malware talk convinced me to un a full-scan in VirusBarrier X6 ...wonder if it'll find anything....
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April 25, 2012 12:25:42 PM

molo9000Why would you use webmail if you have a good email program that makes managing emails and multiple email-accounts much more efficient and automatically tells you, if you have unread mails?

First of all, as I specified, I was generalizing for most users. I don't think I need to reference any statistics to know that I'm correct: the majority of email is accessed via webpage. Obviously, there are exceptions.

That said, I wouldn't try to tell you how to handle your business, but I have Outlook 2010 (and, Outlook Web App) for my work email (k-12 education IT), and gmail for personal stuff. The various 5 other email addresses I use for specific tasks all forward to gmail. I have desktop notification enabled. That setup works well for me, as I prefer the separation of my work and personal email.

The only advantage I can think of for a local client, for my uses, is easier multiple item select. Nevermind. I'd never used it...but shift-select works in gmail. I guess multiple select across 'pages' would be more of a pain.

While I'm backing up all my data regularly, I never get upset that I don't have to ensure my data is email is being backed up, like I used to have to do when I used Eudora. Additionally, If I saw (read: was distracted by) as many advertisements on gmail as I see with people who have yahoo mail, I'd be much more inclined to still use a local client.

I've only used Outlook and Thunderbird, recently, in case that is my problem.
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April 25, 2012 1:40:15 PM

So Macs are the carriers for viruses ;) 
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April 25, 2012 1:44:23 PM

eddieroolzSo Macs are the carriers for viruses

Why yes, yes our Macs do carry viruses. ...and your point is?
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April 25, 2012 2:47:16 PM

dotalocFirst of all, as I specified, I was generalizing for most users.


Generalizing for most PC users or most Mac users? There is a difference ;P

Webmail works, yes, but it is nowhere near as efficient as Outlook, or similar. And Mac Users love efficient. Easy-type efficient, but still efficient.

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May 8, 2012 7:40:34 PM

It is malware that infects windows, it cannot operate on osx, but it can still be there and it can still be spread to other computers even though it isn't functional. It seems to me that Apple has a market advantage if windows-based malware continues to spread. Anyway, this is a great information, thanks a lot for sharing your information that helps us a lot because we learned new things from here.
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June 11, 2012 11:29:21 PM

Sounds like a thinly veiled attempt at selling products...
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