Mac Defender is a fake anti-virus program for the Mac OS and it’s designed to steal people’s credit card information and other personal information. It’s MalWare. It’s on a Mac. It’s very real. I know there’s a lot of people that think that Mac’s are virus-proof, but that’s simply not true. Apple has removal instructions on their website. The 1st virus for Mac OSX appeared in February 2006:
Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos’s global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have announced the discovery of the first virus for the Apple Mac OS X platform. The virus, named OSX/Leap-A (also known as OSX/Oompa-A) spreads via instant messaging systems.
How is Apple responding to the flood of customer calls about installations of the Mac Defender malware? Apple continues to tell support reps: do not help with Mac malware. Now that may sound bad, but in reality it’s not Apple’s responsibility to teach users how to use a Mac properly or how to secure it.
We see this kind of thing on Windows all the time. Fake anti-virus programs that suddenly appear warning of massive infections that can only be corrected with a Visa or MasterCard. They can instantly disable Internet access, interrupt normal program function, erase system recovery points, lock users out of administrative access, and transmit confidential information. They all have one thing in common: no significant anti-virus protection, which is exactly where most Mac users are at.
Mac users have enjoyed virtual immunity from the cyber-criminals who have focused almost all of their efforts on Microsoft products. But now that Apple has become a tech name bigger than Microsoft, and the Mac OS is now on millions of computers, that time is no more. Cyber criminals have no brand loyalty, they are only motivated by theft and greed. The Apple is ripe for the picking. Mac Defender isn’t going away. It will be copied, changed, altered, replicated, and will inspire other cyber criminals to succeed where Mac Defender failed.
While there is a small part of me that will enjoy watching that smile getting slapped off the smug faces of those self-important Apple religious-fanatics (you know who you are), I also feel a great swell of pity for the many innocent people who will be victimized in the near future because some fool told them Mac’s were virus-proof. Well, if you own a Mac, you can now switch to a Linux because it’s “virus-proof” too. Or you can get a real anti-virus program for the Mac OS. Here’s what I found that’s available: