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It’s Apple’s Turn: OSX_KROWI.A

Posted on January 25, 2009  in Technology

My guess (posted in my last month’s Firefox malware post) proved to be true. This week is Apple and Mac‘s turn on the malware spotlight.

Trend Micro and Intego reported seeing a malicious file (read: trojan) packaged inside a cracked version of iWork 09, the productivity suite recently released by Apple. The cracked iWork 09 is being circulated via the popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol Bittorrent. Upon installation of the cracked iWork 09 package, the malicious file (detected by Trend Micro as OSX_KROWI.A) is then automatically executed and can make the Macintosh machine compromised.

Interested to read the full techie details? Check out Trendlabs’ blog and Intego’s advisory.

I suggest that whenever you download any application software via P2P site, try to scan them first with your antivirus, anti-spyware and other security programs and check out for any suspicious files or detection. And remember that even Macs are not that safe nowadays.

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