Biting the Big Apple

Mac Users Enter The Real World

“Apple has issued a recall on several models of Mac laptops because the battery can overheat and catch fire. Experts say a Mac fire is just like a PC fire, except it’s more hip and condescending.” – Conan O’Brien, 2006

“Go ahead, bite the big apple, don’t mind the maggots.” – Mick Jagger, 1978

In the recent past one of the main arguments for buying a Mac over a PC was its invulnerability to viruses, malware and more recently, scareware. What was once just for high-end graphics users was now for everyone. It was simple to use, had cooler graphics and was much more expensive then a PC because, you know, it was better.  The marketing of the iPhone and iPad  led me to iHate anything Apple.

The main reason the Mac stayed under the radar for hackers and malware writers is 92% of computers run some version of Windows. Every system has vulnerabilities; what matters is does anyone give a damn?

Now Macs are having more success than ever. We recently got one at my workplace so we could learn to use them and have them interact on a Windows Network. Macs are wedging their way into the Business Enterprise.

Hackers and malware writers are taking notice. The post below notes the first malware program written for the Mac and its browser, Safari.

http://blog.intego.com/2011/05/02/intego-security-memo-macdefender-fake-antivirus/

Turns out the malware injects itself just as it would on a Windows machine. When the user visits a compromised website using Safari, the malware runs a java based program and tricks the user to installing fake anti-virus software.

By making a quick change to Safari, a user can help stop this vulnerability. Sound familiar IE users?

The good news is, the malware itself is the same as Windows based malware, just more hip and condescending.

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