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Mac Attack :: Viruses Starting to Appear on OS X.

Real Estate Agent with Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® NC 247573

System 9 MacWe knew the time would come. We wondered how long before the viruses would start to appear on OS X. The truth is that the long stable Unix based OS would eventually become a target for hackers. When Apple was a niche product and the only the cool geeky graphics kids used it, it was no big deal to hackers. Then the Ipod came along and the rest is history.





OS XPre "OS X" or "System 10" as it was called in the early days was not virus free, but mostly virus fee. I remember seeing a worm back in the System 9 days but in general, the OS was safe. Of course with the popularity of Apple products, it was a matter of time before the OS became vulnerable.



This new virus BackDoor.Flashback.39 installs after sending a fake Flash Update warning or from visting a compromised website. The fact that it may download itself is what makes it dangerous. Have of the computers affected are here in the US.

To see if your system is infected, you can run a check through the Terminal on your machine by following the instructions here. To access the Terminal, go to Applications/Utilities/Terminal on your machine.

If you haven't done so already, update your OS now.


Posted by

Nogui Aramburo
Real Estate Broker | Manager
Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS
(919) 771 3609

Kamal Salim
United Realty Group - Weston, FL
A Superior Level of Service !

Yes, 3 or 4 years ago, Apple only had less than 4% market share, so it was not very appetizing for hakkers to mess with it. but Apple has been gaining ground, and also the interest of many hakkers

Apr 08, 2012 09:57 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Yep.  It's all in the numbers.  We knew it would come about.


Apr 08, 2012 10:11 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Nogui -you are so right. With the growing popularity, hacker would turn and started exploiting Mac

Apr 16, 2012 02:51 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Nogui, I just read an article on USAToday.com that confirmed that the Mac is on the radar for spyware and it is time for people to add some protection.  It was great while it lasted but better off safe than sorry.

May 26, 2014 03:05 AM