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Articles tagged with: warez

Mac OS No Longer “Bulletproof”

InfoWorld’s Security Adviser Roger Grimes has argued that “obscurity is the greatest security defense a platform can have” and notes that Windows and Internet Explorer have been hit more successfully than Mac or Safari. Grimes notes that even when MacSweeper (malware that had targeted the Mac) was novel, the Mac OS had proven to be nearly bulletproof. Unfortunately, as many experts have predicted, Mac specific malware has become more and more common.

Fake Mobile Anti-Virus Scanner On The Loose

There is a mobile anti-virus scanner on the loose that is posing as a cure-all for malware, but is in fact the exact thing it is supposed to fix. The program reports that it has identified two threats in the cellphone of the victim and pretends that is has encountered an error while trying to fix. The program then provides the user with an error code as a reference to the error scenario. Before this all happens of course, a user will first launch the “scanner” to be displayed a friendly user-interface.

Massive Botnet Taken Down After Ten Years Of Mayhem

After ten years, the U.S. has finally killed a botnet that has spread a continually evolving virus known as “Coreflood.” The botnet first became active in 2001 and has steadily infected computers finally reaching a number of 2 million computers worldwide, with the assistance of malware. Coreflood has stolen a total near 100 million dollars worldwide from both businesses and consumers. The botnet of course is a group of infected machines that “work together” to steal personal data from other users. The botnets can also be programmed to send malicious files, spam, and phishing e-mails to targeted computers. The creators of the botnet used Coreflood to steal information and conduct thousands of fraudulent banking and wire transfers. Some individuals lost as much as $240,000 in the scam.

The New And Improved VLC Player For OS X

The open-source non-profit organization, VideoLAN has updated their code for VLC Media Player 1.1.8. The biggest feature of this new version is the cosmetic change to look better suited for the Mac OS X operating system. For those who aren’t familiar with VideoLAN, VLC player is their most well known product for being able to play a large variety of media files (ones that cannot be played by more common software applications like Windows Media Player.) This new flavor of the VLC player comes strapped with codec updates, language updates, and new encoder packages. The great thing about VLC player as I previously mentioned, is that it contains so many built-in codecs that allow…