“The proof of concept Mac OS X virus, which was discovered late last week and dubbed Macarena, includes comments in the code that indicate the author had a difficult time creating the malware,” Munir Kotadia reports for ZDNet Australia.
“Paul Ducklin, head of technology for Sophos Asia Pacific, said that the virus was ‘not important or significant’ …in the source code, Ducklin said the author had expressed what appears to be frustration at trying to make the virus effective on Apple’s platform,” Kotadia reports. “‘In the source code, which is a mish-mash of stuff, there is a comment where the author says ‘so many problems for so little code’,’ he said. ‘So it does look as though virus writers, fortunately, still have a way to go before they are able to write Mac viruses with the proficiency and fluidity that they can for Windows.'”
“‘It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of a modern effective or dangerous Windows worm or Trojan, it is a simple appending parasitic infector,’ Ducklin [said].
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: As the full article also states, in so many words, the usual good advice: Regardless of platform, do not download, authorize, install and run applications from untrusted sources. As always, the most effective antivirus software in the world is Mac OS X in the hands of users who possess at least a smidgen of common sense.
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