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KeRanger Ransomware Hits Mac OS X Users

This week Mac users were targeted by what is being called the first fully functional ransomware for Mac OS X.

Over the weekend when Mac users downloaded the long awaited version 2.90 of popular Bit Torrent client Transmission they got a little something extra, a new piece of malware called KeRanger. (more…)

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Apple’s OS X Gatekeeper – Marketing or Reality

For decades now people have believed their Apple devices to be safe from hacker intrusion, they were seemingly unbreakable, but in late 2015 uncertainty set in when a security expert revealed that he had found a way to bypass Apple’s security. The same expert is now suggesting that not much has changed since then with regards to Apple’s security.

The original hole was discovered by using binary code of applications that had already been verified by Apple’s developers to pass through Gatekeeper. Because Gatekeeper was developed to ensure that all applications a user downloads are checked against the application’s Developer ID, if that ID is present that application will be allowed to run. Experts have proved that this is where the problem lies as malware can easily be hidden within Apple-trusted files and then activated once the application has been installed.

Shortly after these gaps in Apple’s security features were exposed Apple released patches to prevent further breaches. However according to experts in the field it appears that the same vulnerabilities remain and can be just as easily exploited today, in the same fashion, as they were back in September. The reason being is Apple has merely blocked the files that were reported but has not made changes to Gatekeeper’s verification process. The belief is that hackers would simply need to find a new trusted file that has not been blocked by the update, this trusted file can then be abused and used to bypass Gatekeeper. Once on the other side the trusted file will execute the malicious files and then begin to install malicious programs not trusted by Apple.

The experts suggest that in order for Gatekeeper to be secure it must be triggered anytime a new process is started, requiring each process to be signed off by an Apple-trusted developer.

Apple has yet to implement such changes. With OSX’s increasing popularity making it more and more of a target for malware creators it may just be time for Apple users to consider further protection of their devices and personal data.

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Panda Antivirus for Mac – Compatible with El Capitan

September 30th saw the launch of El Capitan, Apple’s new operating system for their Mac range. The good news is, Panda Antivirus for Mac is compatible with El Capitan!

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Advantages of Panda Antivirus for Mac

  • Blocks both malware for Mac OS X and malware for Windows.
  • It scans both files and emails.
  • It quarantines infected files.
  • It offers two kinds of scans: a real-time scan that continuously analyses Mac files, and another that performs monthly, on-demand scans.
  • You can even scan iPhones, iPads and iPod touch for malware.

Remember that Apple and its devices aren’t invincible. To avoid any unpleasant surprises such as XcodeGhost, you should consistantly update the operating system, download apps from the official store and use security software.

Learn more about about Panda Antivirus for Mac.

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The Reality of Mac Viruses

For years, Mac users have been safe in the knowledge that their platform was relatively protected against malware. A combination of the lower number of users on the platform, less attention from security researchers and fewer exploited security holes in the operating system than Windows, has led to a generally virus and malware free experience. Windows also represents a far larger target than Mac for profit-seeking virus and malware authors, due to their greater market share.

But in quick succession, two new serious vulnerabilities have been discovered in Mac OS X.

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Panda’s 2016 Consumer Solutions Designed for Multiple Devices

Our 2016 solutions are now available in South Africa. Panda Global Protection 2016, Panda Internet Security 2016, Panda Antivirus Pro 2016, Panda Mobile Security 2016, Panda Antivirus for Mac 2016 and Panda Free Antivirus 2016.  

The 2016 range is designed to make the digital world easier and more secure for consumers. It enables users to browse online safely, protects families against inappropriate content and keeps identities and confidential information safe.  The new products offer multi-platform protection – providing security on Windows (including Windows 10 compatibility), Android, Mac and even anti-theft for iPhone and iPad.

Every user may have a different need or use for connectivity and we try to cater for each of these by offering various solutions at different levels. We want users to be able to perform any activity on the internet without worrying about cyber-criminals, malware or inappropriate content.

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Five known threats that can affect Mac users

Many people think that Mac computers are not susceptible to viruses, but this is a common misconception. Perhaps in the past these systems were free from viruses and malware, but lately no operating system is threat-proof.

Apple’s invulnerability to threats was largely due to the general public’s lack of interest in Mac and as a consequence hackers didn’t feel the need to develop viruses for it. Since then Apple has gained tremendous popularity and the number of Mac users has increased dramatically over that last five years. Recently we have seen more and more hackers developing viruses and malware specifically targeting Mac users.

Hackers are also aware that most Mac users feel their systems are not at risk and are therefore less aware of the danger and easier to attack.

As technology is developing and the world is moving increasingly towards online solutions, we see trends such as fake or fraudulent websites, malicious emails, fake apps or online scams, becoming increasingly popular.

Here are five of the most common threats to Mac users

 

1. The ‘Flashback’ Trojan for Mac

– Flashback is a Trojan that has infected more than 650,000 Mac systems worldwide.

– This malware spreads via streaming sites and warez, exploiting a vulnerability in Java.

– There are several risks to users. After infection, the Mac computer becomes a zombie. Bank details and personal information are also stolen and users are redirected to fraudulent websites.

– When Apple addressed the vulnerability, cyber-criminals launched several new versions of the virus, such as Sabpab.

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