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More details on Genieo adware

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 at 4:16 PM EST

On Tuesday, I posted an article about a potentially malicious Genieo installer. This has resulted in a couple anti-virus companies labeling the Genieo software as a trojan. Intego revealed an interesting discovery, and I’ve also been pursuing some interesting points myself. There are some interesting developments that call into question whether this is just an isolated incident involving one of Genieo’s partners, or a problem with Genieo itself.
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OSX/FkCodec-A in action

Posted on April 26th, 2012 at 10:31 AM EST

On April 23, 2012, Sophos quietly added a definition for something they called OSX/FkCodec-A to their database.  However, details about this malware have been sparse.  The description initially contained only a single sentence.  Sophos has since expanded it, but the details are still sparse.  Fortunately, I got my hands on a copy yesterday, and here’s what I found.
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New Mac malware abounds

Posted on April 25th, 2012 at 12:27 PM EST

Several new malware programs have appeared for the Mac in the last week or so, bringing the grand total of new Mac malware in the first four months of 2012 to 5, compared to 6 for all of 2011.*  This increase in Mac malware is a concerning trend, and is making for lots of juicy news stories in the media.  But how much do Mac users really need to worry about this?  That’s a hard question to answer, since every individual will have a different threshold for worry, but let’s start with some facts.
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