Rogue Anti-virus App Targets Mac Users

Although the virus doesn't install anything to run in the background, it does try to trick users into buying the application via credit card.

By Kara Reeder | Posted May 4, 2011
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Security firm Intego has discovered a fake anti-virus program for Mac OS X that goes by the name "MAC Defender," reports Ars Technica

Using SEO poisoning, scammers were able to push the software to the top of search results in Google and other search engines. If a user clicks on the links that show up in search results, a fake Windows screen pops up that tells the user a virus has been "detected." PCWorld.com quotes Intego researchers as saying:

This application is very well designed, and looks professional ... There are a number of different screens, and the grammar and spelling are correct, the buttons are attractive, and the overall look and feel of the program give it a professional look. It will occasionally display alerts, telling users that viruses are found.

Digitaltrends.com notes that the threat from the malware is low. However, although the virus doesn't install anything to run in the background, it does try to trick users into buying the application via credit card. 

Criminals seem to be starting to target Mac users. As we reported this week, Danish IT security vendor CSIS Security Group has discovered what it claims to be the first crimeware kit aimed at the Mac OS X platform.

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