Macs are no longer immune
If you are a Mac user, you most likely have heard about MacDefender (AKA, a pile of garbage). For years, Macs have been immune to attacks due to their low market penetration and small user community. In the past, from a virus writer's perspective, why aim at elementary school libraries and a handful of eclectic technologists when you can get credit card numbers and bank accounts from the millions of Windows users around the world. Well, those pleasantville days are over as
Apple outpaces the PC market with double digit growth.
This morning on the ISC Diary, there is an interesting write-up on just how easy it is for the average, non-paranoid mac user to be coerced into installing malware on their Mac. It is as simple as searching for "iphone wifi antenna" on Google and clicking on some of the images provided. Unsuspecting users are quickly whisked away to a page that looks like a Finder window and prompted with a beautifully sculpted CSS button that prompts the user for immediate action (AKA, get PWND).
Indeed, if you are a Mac user, your days of blissful paranoia-free web-surfing are over. Soon there will be sandbox browsers and anti-virus galore. The war of good vs. evil wages on.