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    [news=http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/3105/osx5db.gif]A malicious program that could be the first Trojan in the wild to target Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system has been discovered, security experts confirmed Thursday.

    Apple and outside analysts said the program, referred to as Leap-A, is not a "virus" per se. Rather, it "requires a user to download the application and execute the resulting file," Apple said in a statement to CNET News.com. The company provided no further comment on the nature of the program.

    Source: http://news.zdnet.com/New+malware+ta...&subj=technews[/news]
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    hahahaha

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    Apple and outside analysts said the program, referred to as Leap-A, is not a "virus" per se. Rather, it "requires a user to download the application and execute the resulting file
    How do they think most viruses get on peoples computers?

    And yeah...
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    hahahaha

    hmm...asspie

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    I thought it was funny too that the first Intel chip for Macs is three weels old?
    Coincident ?

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    Too bad you have to be running iChat to actually spread this or know someone that uses iChat. Unless you have an iSight or other webcam, you'll probably be using AdiumX anyways. AdiumX is the defacto instant messaging client on OS X. So, being that the worm is already in low circulation, and you have to use iChat to spread it or have a pall that uses it, the possibility of recieving this is almost nill. And even then if you are stupid enough to run this, you have to supply your password which should be an obvious clue.

    This is pretty much the extent of how viruses can work on OS X. You are stupid and download and open an unknown file. It trashes your applications or home directory. This is pretty much it. Almost anyone with experience in programming could make this same virus in applescript. To totally trash the system beyond deleted your personal files requires you to type in your password when running the program.

    Now let's see those virus counts, shall we?

    Windows - Over 70,000
    OS X - 1

    You do the math...
    Last edited by Xilo; 02-20-2006 at 06:42 PM.

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    you cant call it a worm as it requires a user to install it , its more like a malicious software

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    Mac veered out in the PC world by joining with intel...the dark lord has heard too much and L33T soldiers have included the Apple in their plans for world corruption. now they must face the consequences of that devastating decision!

    Plot #1. Crack OSx86, so it'll run all SSE3 Cpus, including AMD! - Complete.
    Plot #2. Create the vast amounts of malicious coding to infest the X! - Complete.
    Plot #3. Give Steve Jobs a "slap" - Next Tuesday.

    I HAVE SPOKEN!!! *slams door*
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    Well I guess its like any security problem , its in how fast its corrected .

    Apple Computer on Wednesday released a security update for Mac OS X that fixes 20 vulnerabilities, including a high-profile Web browser and Mail flaw disclosed last week.

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6044945.html
    Last edited by peat moss; 03-05-2006 at 03:52 PM.

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    I wonder if Mr. Bill gates might be hiring programmers to crack at Mac Os X, who's next Linux?

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