Beware fake Snow Leopard sites

Beware fake Snow Leopard sites

Summary: Be wary of sites offering free copies because you are likely to get some nasty malware instead, according to antivirus company Trend Micro.

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People eager to get a copy of the latest version of the Mac operating system, Snow Leopard, should be wary of sites offering free copies because they are likely to get some nasty malware instead, according to antivirus company Trend Micro.

Trend Micro said in a blog posting on Wednesday that it had discovered several fake Snow Leopard download sites that serve up a DNS (domain name system) changer Trojan dubbed OSX_JAHLAV.K instead.

See also: Special Report: Snow Leopard

The Trojan alters the DNS configuration and includes two additional IP addresses in its DSN server, the blog states. Users can then be redirected to phishing sites, some of which are reportedly hosting rogue antivirus software called FAKEAV, Trend Micro said.

Snow Leopard is due to be released to the public on Friday. Mac users should get Snow Leopard directly from Apple, Trend Micro said.

This article was originally published on CNET News.

Topics: Networking, Apple, Browser, Malware, Security

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  • Yes, don't pirate software

    Pirates are bad.

    But you can download any utilities that say they are free because the malware authors haven't yet figured out how to insert malware into free utilities. Well, on Windows, yes, of course they figured that one out easily. But OS X has always had built in protection against malware that is embedded in free utilities.
    NonZealot
    • LOL! Too funny. nt

      .
      ye
      • ye, it would be funny if it wasn't 100% based on reality (nt)

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        NonZealot
    • Might be better

      the fake one, that is.
      dleon63
  • LOL! /eom

    eom
    Arapey
  • RE: Beware fake Snow Leopard sites

    This blog brought to you by the word DUH.
    sean_hando@...
  • So another one came up in the "virus free ecosistem", lol.

    And Apple still makes those Mac vs PC ads claiming macs don`t have viruses?Lol.

    PS: I know the difference between a actual virus and malware, but Average Joe (the guy Apple targets with those stupid ads) doesn`t :D.
    NeoGeneration
    • nope...

      no.. Apple has never made any ad saying they don't have viruses.... not
      sure why people keep saying that.

      The only ad (that is a few years old) does nothing more than say they
      don't suffer from the Windows viruses that were out there in a large
      number.... which is true, they never claim to be immune to any virus or
      malware.
      doh123
  • Not possible!

    EVERYONE knows there aren't any Trojans in the wild for OS X.
    IT_Guy_z
    • @ IT_Gui_z

      Apperantly the writers of the trojans for OSx didn't get the message

      See Here
      http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001461.html
      steve@...
  • RE: Beware fake Snow Leopard sites

    Every friggin time there's a problem with Mac or
    Windows, it's a malicious site. Close it down and fine
    the owners. But the site was hijacked. Close it down
    and fine the owners. This is either OUR internet or
    THEIR internet. Decide.
    trm1945
  • RE: Beware fake Snow Leopard sites

    i thought apple didnt get virus' though?
    hmmmmm
    ajweysham@...
    • If you knew anything about the subject, you'd know

      that they don't.

      Name one.
      SpiritusInMachina