Alert, Mac OS X users! Batten down the hatches because MacDailyNews is exclusively breaking the story of the discovery of a new Mac OS X Trojan that we’ve dubbed the “Nugatory” Trojan.
It is found on the Web (reproduced below) and consists of the following text message containing directions that, when followed, wil result in the deletion of all of the music files in the current user’s Music folder!
The “Nugatory” Trojan consists of just five instruction lines and works on any user who can understand the English language.
CAUTION! DO NOT FOLLOW IF YOU WISH TO KEEP YOUR MUSIC FOLDER’S CONTENTS INTACT!
1. On the machine you wish to subject to “Nugatory,” open the current user’s Music folder.
2. Type Command-A to select all of the Music folder’s contents.
3. Type Command-Delete to move the contents of the selction to the Trash.
4. Type Shift-Command-Delete to Empty Trash.
5. Click to “OK” button in the resulting dialog.
More info about how to protect yourself from the Mac OS X “Nugatory” Trojan here.
MacDailyNews Note: We’re sure it’s just a matter of seconds until someone launches Script Editor, records the “Nugatory” Trojan as an AppleScript applet, pastes a MS Word icon to it, and uploads it to P2P. We can only pray it doesn’t happen!
This article is intended as a public service in more ways than one.
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