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Mac Users Warned Of Porn Malware Threat

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 12, 2009 1:23 AM PDT

Trojan software presents visitors to certain porn sites with a pop-up message to download a Video ActiveX Object; the download carries Mac malware.

By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
June 12, 2009 08:30 AM

Mac users who surf for porn are being warned to watch out for booby-trapped Web sites.

In the past two days, Sophos, a U.K.-based computer security company, has reported the emergence of two new malware attacks targeting Macs: OSX/Jahlav-C and a worm that belongs to the Tored family of malware.

OSX/Jahlav-C is Trojan software that presents visitors to certain porn sites with a pop-up message indicating that they're missing a Video ActiveX Object. Mac users who agree to download the software end up infected.

Windows users needn't feel left out, however. "The booby-trapped Web sites determine if the victim's Web browser is running on Windows or Mac OS X, and serve up malware specifically designed for the visitor's operating system," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, in an online post on Thursday.

"Although there is much less malware for Mac OS X than there is for Windows, that's going to be little consolation if your shiny new MacBook gets infected," Cluley said. "Many in the Mac community have had their heads buried in the sand for too long about the real nature of the threat."

More: http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/vulnerabilities/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217800858&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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