Jun 142012
 

Well Apple is one company which always makes us LOL. Up until a few weeks earlier, Apple’s website was trumpeting that Macs DO NOT get any viruses or malware in general. But with 60,000 Macs being infected with malware, and with pressure from conscious users and blogosphere, Apple finally had to bow down and accept the fact.

Here is what the Apple website had to say a couple of weeks earlier about malware on the Macs:

It doesn’t get PC viruses.

A Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. That’s thanks to built-in defenses in Mac OS X that keep you safe, without any work on your part.

Safeguard your data. By doing nothing.

With virtually no effort on your part, OS X defends against viruses and other malicious applications, or malware. For example, it thwarts hackers through a technique called “sandboxing” — restricting what actions programs can perform on your Mac, what files they can access, and what other programs they can launch.

 

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And this is what it says now:

It’s built to be safe.

Built-in defenses in OS X keep you safe from unknowingly downloading malicious software on your Mac.

Safety. Built right in.

OS X is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work hard to keep your Mac safe. For example, it thwarts hackers through a technique called “sandboxing” — restricting what actions programs can perform on your Mac, what files they can access, and what other programs they can launch.

 

It is good to see that Apple has finally risen up to the humble standards of “sort of” Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Apr 112012
 

If you bought a car, and the gear shift assembly went bad, you wouldn’t blame the assemble manufacturer. You would blame the car manufacturer since the assembly came fitted in the car.

Similarly, Apple has accepted a flaw in the security of Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion.

According to KB Article HT5244

A recent version of malicious software called Flashback exploits a security flaw in Java in order to install itself on Macs.

Apple is developing software that will detect and remove the Flashback malware.

Flasback Malware

This is something that makes us laugh and frown at the same time, because the  well known KB HT1222 mentions

For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.

Since Java is an official Apple add-on for 10.7, this means that one can not apply Oracle’s updates to Apple products. While Oracle may be the manufacturer, but Apple is the vendor. Hence we have to wait  for Apple to release a fix.

Nov 012011
 

BitCoins are proposed as the true currency by it’s proponents. But that makes it equally vulnerable to theft and felony.

Mac OSX has been hit by a Trojan that uses the infected Mac’s GPU power to mine BitCoins.

According to the security website Sophos

Copies of the legitimate Mac OS X image editing app GraphicConverter version 7.4 were uploaded to file-sharing networks. However, they came with an unexpected addition.

Hidden inside the download was a copy of the OSX/Miner-D (also known as ‘DevilRobber’) Trojan horse.

If your Mac computer was infected by the malware, the first thing you might notice is performance becoming sluggish.

That’s because OSX/Miner-D tries to generate Bitcoins, the currency of the anonymous digital cash system, by stealing lots of GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) time. GPUs are much better than regular CPUs at performing the mathematical calculations required for Bitcoin mining.

Yes, this Mac malware is stealing computing time as well as data.

What should be noted here is that Apple products are purportedly advertised as being protected by some invisible power that would keep them safe from malware. When Macs were hit by malware the last time, Apple rejected it outright saying that Macs were safe.

A dent in security or a dent in faith?? We let the readers decide…!!!