“This week’s ‘Mac virus’ scare turned out to be nothing more than a worm for Mac OS X that propagates through iChat and infects local Mac applications. OSX/Leap.A is a wake up call to Mac users that we’re not immune to all the nasties floating around on the Web,” Jason D. O’Grady blogs for ZDNet. “There was a story circulating this week that The First Virus For Mac OS X had arrived, but it turned out to only be a relatively innocuous worm embedded in a file called “latestpics.tgz” promising pictures of ‘MacOS X Leopard.’ The worm required the user to download, decompress and execute the file then enter their admin password to cause any damage.”

O’Grady writes, “The first rule of software downloads is obvious: never open a file or attachment from someone that you don’t know. The second is that if it’s too good to be true it probably is. If a download promises you screen shots of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard” don’t believe it (after all, why not just post the pics?) but never, ever enter your Mac OS X admin password to install something from an unknown source, especially if you downloaded it surreptitiously.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Tsk, tsk. So much ado about nothing. The old rules still apply: do not enter your Mac OS X admin password to install anything from an unknown and/or untrusted source.

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