“A malicious program that could be the first Trojan in the wild to target Apple Computer’s Mac OS X operating system has been discovered, security experts confirmed Thursday. Apple and outside analysts said the program, referred to as Leap-A, is not a ‘virus,’ per se. Rather, it ‘requires a user to download the application and execute the resulting file,’ Apple said in a statement to CNET News.com. The company provided no further comment on the nature of the program,” Anne Broache reports for CNET News. “The malicious software, which has also been dubbed OSX/Oompa-A and the Ooompa Loompa Trojan Horse by other security experts, appears to have spread minimally so far and has achieved low-level threat classifications from McAfee and Symantec. But security experts cautioned Macintosh users to view the incident as a wake-up call that all operating systems have vulnerabilities.”
MacDailyNews Take: Did security experts also caution Macintosh users to view the incident as a wake-up call that all operating systems can run programs, too? Do not download “latestpics.tgz” and then uncompress it and then run it by giving Mac OS X your Admin password at the prompt. Also, do not drag files that you wish to keep on your hard drives to the Trash and then empty it.
“‘It’s not really news as far as threats go,’ said Ray Wagner, a senior vice president in Gartner’s information security group. ‘It is news because it targets OS X, and as far as I know, it’s certainly the first OS X malicious content in the wild that’s been noted at this point,'” Broache reports. “Apple directed customers to a safety guide at its site and said it ‘always advises Macintosh users to only accept files from vendors and Web sites that they know and trust.'”
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