With the recent glut of high profile Mac-based malware like MacDefender and Flashback, it’s easy to forget that Macintosh computers (and Mac malware) have been kicking around for more than thirty years – longer, even, than Windows malware. In fact, the first documented Mac virus actually predated some of the first PC viruses by a good four years. While conventional wisdom has always assumed that Macs are inherently safer than PCs, wider adoption of Macs in recent years has given rise to new and more sophisticated threats, with many suggesting that Apple’s honeymoon with malware authors may be over. As this slideshow of Mac Malware through the years shows, however, Apple machines are no strangers to malicious software.
Mac spyware was discovered on the computer of an activist attended a free speech workshop in Oslo.
Nearly a year since the Flashback Trojan surfaced and ultimately infected more than 600,000 Apple OS X computers, the author of the malware may haven been discovered.
A handful of Apple developers have found their iMessage accounts the victim of what’s being loosely referred to as a series of denial-of-service attacks. Using rapid-fire AppleScript texts, attackers have been sending many messages at a time to about half a dozen iOS developers over the last week.