There’s a new Mac Trojan dropper that uses a silent installation process and it also has the ability to establish backdoor access to infected machines. Security researchers at Intego found samples of the OSX/Crisis malware on the Virus Total website, but it has not yet been found in the wild.
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In this special edition Threatpost editor-in-chief Dennis Fisher talks with founding editor, Ryan Naraine about Mac security. They discuss why it took longer for the security community to understand the vulnerabilities of the Mac and when these conversations started. You’ll hear how cybercriminals are targeting OS X more than ever before and what you need to know to protect yourself from an attack.
A scheduled talk at the Black Hat Briefings security conference in Las Vegas later this month may have dealt a fatal blow to the once ballyhooed Windows Sidebar and Windows Gadgets. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, on Tuesday, issued a software “fix” that disables gadgets and the Windows sidebar on Vista and Windows 7 entirely.
The FTC is nearing completion of its investigation into allegations that Google used a special technique to circumvent the privacy settings on Safari to enable better tracking of users, even when tracking was disabled by the user. The decision may cost Google millions of dollars in fines, but it’s not clear whether that will serve as any kind of deterrent for a company that brings in tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year.
A new Trojan that uploads users’ phonebooks to a remote server is making the rounds, circulating on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play marketplaces, according to research by Kaspersky Lab posted on the Securelist web site earlier today.
A new Mac OS X backdoor variant has begun making the rounds online, targeting a Turkic ethnic group in central Asia, according to a post on Securelist’s blog earlier today.
It’s nearly impossible to remember now, but there was a time when the iPhone didn’t exist. That time was five years and one day ago, and up to that point the idea of standing in line overnight for a mobile phone was almost as ridiculous as the notion of Apple being thought of as an innovator in security. But the former is now commonplace and the latter is straight fact, if only in discussions about the iPhone.
In a move that will patch several loopholes with its iPhone, the newest iteration of Apple’s mobile operation system, iOS 6, will come with heightened security, it was revealed at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this week.
Adobe has released a new version of the Flash player that now gives Firefox users the additional security of a sandbox and also includes a background update mechanism for Mac users. Flash has run in a sandbox on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer for some time already.
Apple has released a detailed security guide for its iOS operating system, an unprecedented move for a company known for not discussing the technical details of its products, let alone the security architecture. The document lays out the system architecture, data protection capabilities and network security features in iOS, most of which had been known before but hadn’t been publicly discussed by Apple.