[tweetmeme source=”franscomputerservices” only_single=false]Newest MacDefender scareware installs without a password (Computerworld)
Criminals ‘give Apple the finger,’ says security researcher, by releasing new version just hours after Apple warned of fake AV software
Joy…This just hours after Apple decided to finally help users defend against these fake AV scams, as well as provide a way to rid the Mac of the problem.
The article notes given the name of the new malware and the timing of its release, they definitely think it does seem like a reactionary message.
And the worst part … now no password needed. Or maybe the worst part will be the new spammer’s URL shortening scheme?
Spammers establish their own fake URL-shortening services (Help Net Security):
Under this scheme, shortened links created on these fake URL-shortening sites are not included directly in spam messages. Instead, the spam emails contain shortened URLs created on legitimate URL-shortening sites.
These shortened URLs lead to a shortened-URL on the spammer’s fake URL-shortening Web site, which in turn redirects to the spammer’s own Web site.
Yesterday, 25 days after the Mac Defender malware began to appear in the wild, Apple finally responded. In a technical support note, “How to avoid or remove Mac Defender malware,” the company posted instructions for users to follow if they’ve encountered this malware specimen in the wild. It also promised a security update to remove infections automatically.
File that memo under, “Too little, too late.”
Yes….it does seem so.
If you want to keep your money Apple, you should be thinking about protecting your users a whole lot quicker than this from now on.
God help all Apple users, the gloves are off…be on your guard for MacGuard…