So, Mac users don’t get viruses and their machines arn’t targeted by cybercriminals in any way huh?
Less than 24 hours after Mac OS v10.6 (Snow Leopard) was released and already there are reports of fake websites trying to trick Mac owners into downloading malicious code.
According to security researchers at Trend Micro, fake websites that claim to have Mac OS v10.6 available for download have already been spotted.
Anybody visiting one of those sites is hardly likely to get what they expect, however.
Instead of a copy of Snow Leopard, the only program likely to be on offer is a Trojan called OSX_JAHLAV.K.
Bernadette Irinco of Trend Micro said,
“Once executed, OSX_JAHLAV.K decrypts codes, which include a script that downloads other malicious scripts.”
“The script then alters the DNS (domain name server) configuration and includes two additional IP addresses in its DNS server.
Users are thus possibly redirected to phishing sites and other fraudulent sites.”
Of course Mac owners with common sense will be ok as they will only get Snow Leopard from the official Apple website.
On the other hand, those who are foolish enough to download files from unknown sites, or who are so arrogant that they don’t believe their Mac is at risk, will find out just why Snow Leopard has an in-built antivirus capability.