One of the advantages of watching for computer security issues on an International scale is that sometimes I discover early warning signals or trends in threats that are coming. This may be the case for the purportedly discovered first fake installer Trojan designed for the MAC operating system.
Apple users have enjoyed relative anonymity from the main stream of threats in years past. That was because the market share just wasn’t there for hackers to bother. But that was then.
MAC users be aware, times are changing! Every single week new threats are coming out that are targeted specifically for the MAC platforms. I went to Best Buy recently and asked the salesperson about Antivirus for MAC, and he said “Oh you don’t need it, MAC’s don’t get viruses.” To which I replied, “Very interesting, but you might want to do a little research on the subject” giving him my card and I left, thanking him for his time.
When it comes to Mobile Security, more threats are discovered in the Mobile Security arena each week than there are for the MAC arena. People think they don’t have to protect their phones either and NOTHING could be further from the truth.
Here’s the bottom line: Hackers follow the market share, because that is where the money is and this discovery further confirms that fact.
It is only a matter of time before these types of threats make it to the US. Many hackers refine their threats in countries outside of the US so when they bring them here it is a well oiled machine, which can provide them a windfall of ill-gotten gains.
What you should do right now:
1. Tell anyone with a MAC machine if they download a program that asks for their cell phone number and uses a TEXT confirmation for installation, there is a good chance they are being had and part of their identity may be compromised.
2. Make sure your MAC’s & all MOBILE DEVICES have industry leading Security Software installed and are up-to-date.
3. Share this information if you think it is of value.
Stay safe out there!