Apple has acknowledged the existence of a dangerous virus that has hit tens of thousands of Mac computers over the past few weeks, and published a guide to remove it from the system. This is a fake antivirus MacDefender, which under the guise of “cure” accesses user’s credit card data.
MacDefender gets to your PC via malicious web sites and installed automatically (if its not disabled in the Safari browser settings to open the files immediately after downloading), without requiring an administrator password. “Anti-” is also distributed under the names MacProtector and MacSecurity.
Assessment ZDNEt, Mac Defender could infect from 60 to 120 thousand users Mac. Apple plans to release an update to the operating system Mac OS X over the next few days, which will automatically remove fake anti-viruses and their variants.
After installing MacDefender every few minutes a browser pop-ups from porn sites, forcing the user to think that his Mac has penetrated “worm”. After this “antivirus” offers to pay for “treatment” PC says in the blog software developer security Intego.
The forecast of anti-virus software developer McAfee, the products Apple will be one of the main goals of hackers this year. Among the other “victims” – smartphones (especially on a platform of Android), “shorter” long URL-addresses, social networks and geolocation services.