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How serious is Thunderstrike?

Posted on January 19th, 2015 at 10:59 AM EST

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A few weeks ago, Trammell Hudson demonstrated a way to permanently infect a Mac’s firmware using an exploit involving the Thunderbolt port on recent Macs. There has been a lot of very excellent information written about this, such as Rich Mogul’s Thunderstrike article in TidBITS. Although I can’t really provide any additional information, I can at least give readers my own perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tech support scam pop-ups

Posted on January 6th, 2015 at 7:14 AM EST

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The internet has been awash with all manner scams for a long time. The variety boggles the imagination, ranging from Nigerian princes wanting to pay strangers exorbitant sums for help moving some money, to Facebook posts asking if it’s really you in this photo, to “one weird trick” for just about anything you might want to do. Although not exactly new, one of these scams has seen an upswing in recent months: the fake tech support scam. Read the rest of this entry »

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A look back at the malware of 2014

Posted on January 2nd, 2015 at 4:34 PM EST

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As most Mac users know, Macs don’t get malware. Unfortunately, what most Mac users know on this topic is actually wrong! There actually is Mac malware out there, there’s just a lot less than there is for Windows. Fortunately, in 2014, new malware appearances have dropped since 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

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Genieo adware causing Safari crashes

Posted on December 21st, 2014 at 6:57 AM EST

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Over the last week, I’ve been seeing a lot of reports of Safari crashes on Apple’s discussion forums as well as via personal e-mail. All seem to be running Yosemite with Safari 8. Interestingly, in almost every single one of these cases, the Genieo adware was found on the machine. In every case where Genieo was found, removing Genieo solved the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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Downlite adware blocked by Apple

Posted on November 21st, 2014 at 7:24 AM EST

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Macs infected with the Downlite adware have been prevented from accessing my AdwareMedic site and portions of The Safe Mac for several weeks now. (See Adware blocking AdwareMedic downloads!.) This appears to have been done in an attempt to prevent people from removing this adware from their Macs. Fortunately, this also may have led to Downlite’s demise: it is now identified as malware by Apple! Read the rest of this entry »

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Major iOS insecurity!

Posted on November 11th, 2014 at 7:32 AM EST

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I don’t usually write about iOS security issues here, because, well, there aren’t any! Okay, maybe iOS isn’t really all that rosy, but it’s been pretty secure overall. Malware has existed for iOS for some time, but required jailbreaking the device (ie, hacking it to remove security and allow apps to be installed from sources other than the App Store). Unfortunately, that changed yesterday, as FireEye has announced a method they are calling the “Masque Attack” that can be used to install malware on iOS devices that have not been jailbroken. Read the rest of this entry »

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About the latest Avast false positive

Posted on November 8th, 2014 at 11:13 AM EST

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Yesterday, I reported on an issue with Avast identifying my site’s RSS news feed as MacOS:WireLurker-A. However, that post changed over the course of the day, as further testing showed that my initial assumptions were slightly off and more facts came to light. Today, after having had some time to allow the dust to settle, I’m going to try to clarify what happened in layman’s terms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Avast detects RSS feed as WireLurker

Posted on November 7th, 2014 at 1:58 PM EST

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It’s not easy running a site like The Safe Mac. You get threatened with lawsuits [1], attacked by the bad guys [1, 2] and misidentified as malicious by security companies [1]. Headaches galore! And now, Avast is saying that this site’s RSS feed is the WireLurker malware. Read the rest of this entry »

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New WireLurker malware infects Mac OS X and iOS

Posted on November 6th, 2014 at 10:31 AM EST

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Palo Alto Networks announced yesterday their discovery of new malware for Mac OS X, which they are calling WireLurker. This malware has been distributed in 467 known pirated apps distributed in China’s Maiyadi App Store (not affiliated with Apple’s Mac App Store). To make matters worse, this malware is known to infect iOS devices that are connected to infected Macs, even if those iOS devices have not been jailbroken! Read the rest of this entry »

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Ongoing MacKeeper fraud

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 at 11:04 AM EST

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Controversy about MacKeeper has been around almost as long as MacKeeper has existed. It is one of the most aggressively-marketed products in the Mac world, and there are numerous accusations that it isn’t useful or even that it is fraudulent. At the same time, you will find a number of positive reviews out there. How do you know what’s true? In this article, I will make the case that MacKeeper, and the company behind it (ZeoBIT/Kromtech), are not to be trusted. Read the rest of this entry »

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