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Luxembourg CIRC develops LaunchAgent monitoring tool for OS X

Following my recent outlining of a procedure for monitoring LaunchAgents, the Luxembourg CIRC created an easy-to-use setup utility that handles the procedure for you.

By April 20, 2012

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Monitor OS X LaunchAgents folders to help prevent malware attacks

While malware scanners can detect threats once definitions for them are available, you can monitor or lock your systems' launch agents folders to more proactively prevent attacks on your system.

By April 17, 2012

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Banish briefly flashing Adobe update window in OS X

Background updater services showing up may be from duplicate launch agent scripts being used to handle them.

By June 21, 2013

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New Mac malware opens secure reverse shell

New malware for OS X is making the rounds in security circles, called "Pintsized," but has not yet been determined to be much of a threat.

By February 19, 2013

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New OS X Trojan found and blocked by Apple's XProtect

A new command-and-control Trojan for OS X appears to be associated with the Syrian Electronic Army.

By September 22, 2013

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New Mac malware uses OS X launch services

A new malware for OS X also acts as a reminder to monitor the launch services in OS X as a security precaution.

By December 3, 2012

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New OS X trojan monitors Web activity to steal BitCoins

Disguised as a legitimate project on GitHub called StealthBit, the malware installs a browser extension to look for and steal BitCoin wallet and account credentials.

By February 10, 2014

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Speed up the shutdown process in OS X

A quick adjustment of the timeout values for key processes can greatly speed up otherwise laggy shutdowns in OS X.

By October 14, 2013

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New Tibet malware variant found for OS X

After over a year of no apparent activity, a new variant of the Tibet malware affecting OS X systems has been found.

By September 11, 2013

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How to monitor XProtect updates in OS X

OS X does not provide a way to monitor XProtect updates, but you can set up a custom script to do so.

By March 14, 2013