OT: Apple's rising popularity lures hackers

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    jim Guest

    Apple's rising popularity lures hackers
    By Kevin Allison in San Francisco

    Published: December 5 2007 19:18 | Last updated: December 5 2007 19:18

    After years of relative safety, the Apple Mac is becoming an increasingly
    tempting target for malicious computer hackers, according to a new report
    published this week.

    Security researchers have been aware of the threat to Apple since last year,
    when they detected the first piece of malicious code - or "malware" -
    specifically designed to target Apple.

    Steep rise in hacking attacks from China Over the past few months, however,
    the number of malicious programmes has increased, according to a report
    published this week by F-Secure, an internet security company.

    "Over the past two years, we had found one or two pieces of malware
    targeting Macs," said Patrik Runald, an F-Secure security researcher. "Since
    October, we've found 100-150 variants."

    The rising security threat could present a challenge to Apple, which has
    long touted the security advantages of its platform over those of Microsoft,
    whose software is a perennial target for hackers.

    "As Apple's platform becomes more visible, it will increasingly come under
    the gun," said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies.

    Apple declined to discuss specific steps it was taking to counter the
    growing number of attacks. However, Apple said: "We take security very
    seriously and have a great track record for addressing vulnerabilities
    before they can affect users."

    Mr Runald said the jump in attacks against Apple appeared to be the work of
    a single gang of professional hackers. The group, known in security circles
    as the "Zlob gang", makes programs that infect PCs by tricking users into
    thinking they are installing software needed to view copyrighted video
    files.

    As with other attacks against Apple, the Zlob gang relies on tricking users
    to install its malicious software, rather than on exploiting any inherent
    software vulnerability.

    Apple sold 2.1m Macs in the third quarter, up from 1.1m in the first quarter
    of 2006, according to Gartner, the research group. After years of catering
    to a niche audience of Mac lovers, Apple now commands about 10 per cent of
    the consumer PC market, according to Mr Kay.

    News of Apple's growing profile among professional criminals comes as the
    number of viruses and other malicious computer programmes loose on the
    internet has doubled over the past 12 months, according to F-Secure.

    F-Secure said it had detected 500,000 viruses, trojans and worms in 2007,
    compared with 250,000 last year.
    Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c79b814e-a364-11dc-b229-0000779fd2ac.html
     
    jim, Dec 6, 2007
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    Bob I Guest

    WTFC, troll.
     
    Bob I, Dec 6, 2007
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    jim Guest

    People that still have full use of their frontal lobes, "Bob".

    jim
     
    jim, Dec 6, 2007
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  4. jim

    Bob I Guest

    Try using your frontal lobes and post some place it isn't offtopic, TROLL.
     
    Bob I, Dec 6, 2007
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    dapunka Guest

    See, DRM is bad!
     
    dapunka, Dec 6, 2007
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  6. jim

    jim Guest

    May you be surrounded by people just like you.

    jim
     
    jim, Dec 6, 2007
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  7. jim

    Bob I Guest

    That just may be the cause of your problem. Perhaps you should see a
    professional.
     
    Bob I, Dec 7, 2007
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    jim Guest

    Just in case you missed what riled "Bob" so much......

    Apple's rising popularity lures hackers
    By Kevin Allison in San Francisco

    Published: December 5 2007 19:18 | Last updated: December 5 2007 19:18

    After years of relative safety, the Apple Mac is becoming an increasingly
    tempting target for malicious computer hackers, according to a new report
    published this week.

    Security researchers have been aware of the threat to Apple since last year,
    when they detected the first piece of malicious code - or "malware" -
    specifically designed to target Apple.

    Steep rise in hacking attacks from China Over the past few months, however,
    the number of malicious programmes has increased, according to a report
    published this week by F-Secure, an internet security company.

    "Over the past two years, we had found one or two pieces of malware
    targeting Macs," said Patrik Runald, an F-Secure security researcher. "Since
    October, we've found 100-150 variants."

    The rising security threat could present a challenge to Apple, which has
    long touted the security advantages of its platform over those of Microsoft,
    whose software is a perennial target for hackers.

    "As Apple's platform becomes more visible, it will increasingly come under
    the gun," said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies.

    Apple declined to discuss specific steps it was taking to counter the
    growing number of attacks. However, Apple said: "We take security very
    seriously and have a great track record for addressing vulnerabilities
    before they can affect users."

    Mr Runald said the jump in attacks against Apple appeared to be the work of
    a single gang of professional hackers. The group, known in security circles
    as the "Zlob gang", makes programs that infect PCs by tricking users into
    thinking they are installing software needed to view copyrighted video
    files.

    As with other attacks against Apple, the Zlob gang relies on tricking users
    to install its malicious software, rather than on exploiting any inherent
    software vulnerability.

    Apple sold 2.1m Macs in the third quarter, up from 1.1m in the first quarter
    of 2006, according to Gartner, the research group. After years of catering
    to a niche audience of Mac lovers, Apple now commands about 10 per cent of
    the consumer PC market, according to Mr Kay.

    News of Apple's growing profile among professional criminals comes as the
    number of viruses and other malicious computer programmes loose on the
    internet has doubled over the past 12 months, according to F-Secure.

    F-Secure said it had detected 500,000 viruses, trojans and worms in 2007,
    compared with 250,000 last year.
    Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c79b814e-a364-11dc-b229-0000779fd2ac.html

    jim
     
    jim, Dec 7, 2007
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    don't tell us,tell them and their isp.








    "Bob I" <> wrote in message news:...
     
    mikeyhsd, Dec 10, 2007
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> Bob I

    How, exactly, does posting a blank message help the situation?
     
    DevilsPGD, Dec 10, 2007
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    jim Guest

    "Bob" thinks that his "*SPAM*" entry will somehow ineterfere with the
    abillity of those with whom he disagress to post messages.

    Sad, "Bob". Really sad.

    jim
     
    jim, Dec 12, 2007
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    Bob I Guest

    It's dead "jim".
     
    Bob I, Dec 12, 2007
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  13. jim

    jim Guest

    I see, "Bob".

    And, just when did you aquire this miraculous power over USENET?

    jim
     
    jim, Dec 13, 2007
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