Some Mac users, surely the most secure of all personal computers according to no one, have been “poisoned” by dodgy Google image searches.
It’s an SEO-based attack that is capitalising on the popularity of certain search terms such as Osama Bin Laden’s demise. Results bring up a fake anti-virus program, but the minds behind the hack aren’t shining the brightest.
Graham Cluley at Sophos reckons some Mac users may be tricked because the program poses as MacDefender. If a fake Windows XP scan tricks you on a Mac it could be argued you deserve a wake-up call to a point.
The malware worms its way into the computer if infected and tries to spread by encouraging other users to splash out on faux-software that doesn’t do anything but drain your wallet.
The Windows version is called Mal/FakeAV-FS and the Mac equivalents are OSX/FakeAVZp-B and OSX/FakeAV-DMP.