(Wired Editor’s note: This story corrects an earlier report that stated that the Macintosh operating system had become a target of a malicious Trojan Horse.)
“Security experts on Friday slammed security firm Intego for exaggerating the threat of what the company identified as the first Trojan for Mac OS X,” Leander Kahney reports for Wired. “On Thursday, Intego issued a press release saying it had found OS X’s first Trojan Horse, a piece of malware called MP3Concept or MP3Virus.Gen that appears to be an MP3 file. If double-clicked and launched in the Finder, the Trojan accesses certain system files, the company claimed.”
“While Intego said the Trojan was benign, it said future versions could be authored to delete files or hijack infected machines. In the release, and in subsequent telephone interviews, Intego was vague about the purported Trojan’s workings and its origins,” Kahney reports. “On Friday, Mac programmers and security experts accused the company of exaggerating the threat to sell its security software.”
“‘They gave the impression that this is a threat, but it isn’t,’ said Dave Schroeder, a systems engineer with the University of Wisconsin. ‘It is a benign proof of concept that was posted to a newsgroup. It isn’t in the wild, and can’t be spread in the wild. It’s a non-issue,'” Kahney reports. “‘They are spreading FUD to sell their software,’ said Ryan Kaldari, a programmer from Nashville, Tennessee, referring to the shorthand for fear, uncertainty and doubt.
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MacDailyNews Take: Meanwhile, The New York Post’s Paul Tharp hasn’t received the memo, yet. The Post has the audacity to print the headline, “NEW VIRUS TARGETS APPLE FOR MAC ATTACK” in today’s issue. Once the word gets out, this could end up being great publicity for Mac OS X by opening eyes to the fact that Mac OS X has zero viruses and offers much better security than Windows.