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Free Versions of Snow Leopard Have Malware

Yesterday Trend Micro warned consumers of bogus websites offering free versions of the new Mac OS, Snow Leopard, slated to hit the streets tomorrow. Trend Micro's Bernadette Irinco said in this blog that the websites will load up a DNS changer Trojan called OSX_JAHLAV.K.

"Once executed, OSX_JAHLAV.K decrypts codes, which include a script that downloads other malicious scripts," the blog reads. "The said script then alters the DNS configuration and includes two additional IP addresses in its DNS server."

Irinco said that users could possibly be directed to phishing websites or other "fraudulent" pages, many of which host rogue antivirus software called FAKEAV. Naturally, users of Trend Micro antivirus software are automatically protected from the malicious websites, and are advised to get the latest Snow Leopard update directly from Apple.

  • war2k9
    For $29 for the os upgrade i would pay instead of downloading from the net.
    Reply
  • kyeana
    WHAT?!?!? VIRUS'S ON A MAC!!!

    That's obviously impossible... Macs don't have problems...

    :P
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  • techguy378
    Mac's are more susceptible to viruses than 64-bit Windows Vista. Hackers just haven't made any serious attempts to infect Mac's yet.
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  • The_Blood_Raven
    Yeah its not like the OS costs something criminally ridiculous like $300 for a retail copy...
    Reply
  • frozenlead
    kyeanaWHAT?!?!? VIRUS'S ON A MAC!!!That's obviously impossible... Macs don't have problems...
    Trojans aren't technically viruses.
    Reply
  • wifiwolf
    come on (techguy378), it's sarcasm...
    Reply
  • socrates047
    i just bought a new macbook and am quite unfamiliar withe the macs, do you guys think that i should upgrade.
    Reply
  • betrayer_
    yes!! malware on macs!! oh i have dreamed of this day!
    Reply
  • wifiwolf
    You should upgrade, buy a pc!
    Reply
  • war2k9
    wifiwolfYou should upgrade, buy a pc!
    Keep the computer and load win 7. Why waste the cool looking computer.
    Reply