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Mac gets Panda Antivirus Corporate Edition

–       The new corporate solution protects Mac computers and servers

–       In 2010, 308 vulnerabilities were discovered in Mac OS X, 67% of these were classified highly critical

Global IT vendor Panda Security has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac Corporate Edition. The new solution, for Mac desktops, laptops and servers, delivers complete protection against all types of malware able to affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, protecting users not just against threats designed specifically to target the Apple platform, but also preventing Mac users from transmitting malware for other operating systems.

“Many companies, universities and other organizations now operate with a diverse network topology including Mac servers and workstations operating alongside Windows systems” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “In these environments it is very important not just to protect against specific threats that target Apple platforms, but also against those Windows threats that can be transmitted via Mac and infect all systems.”

Panda Antivirus for Mac protects against all types of threats in near real-time. It can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, thereby ensuring that if any of these devices is carrying malware, they won’t infect other similar devices or the Mac computer or server.

It is also designed specifically not to impact performance, as it operates silently taking advantage of available resources or low workloads.

The antivirus scans folders, files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking all types of threats initially designed for Windows, but which also affect Mac. These threats include Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other Macro viruses.

2010: A turning point for Mac security

In 2009 some 34 vulnerabilities were detected in Mac OS. This figure rose to 308 in 2010, with 67% of these vulnerabilities classified as highly critical, indicating that any attacker could take remote control of unpatched systems, among other actions.

“2010 has been an intense year for threats” says Luis Corrons, technical director of Panda. “We have collected over 20 million new examples of malware, and the figure continues to rise. Every day our laboratory receives some 63,000 new threats. Regarding Mac, we’ve seen an increase in the number of threats designed specifically for this platform, although there are many more that can affect corporate Mac users: all Office macro viruses, for example. And there are other types of threats which all Mac users are exposed to, such as phishing, or vulnerabilities in popular programs including browsers, PDF readers, etc.”

Price and availability

The solution is available from February 2011 for R208* per license for workstations, servers and the administration console (12 months with full services, for license ranges between 100 and 199 seats).

For more information go to: http://www.pandasecurity.com/enterprise/solutions/mac-corporate-edition

*Price at rate of exchange

 About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 61 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain. In 2006, Jeremy Matthews founded Panda’s local subsidiary in Cape Town, opening the international vendor’s first presence on the African continent.

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Mac gets Panda Antivirus

–       Protection for Mac desktops and laptops against all types of threats for Mac OS X and Windows as well as  scanning of other Apple devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod

–       In 2010, 175 vulnerabilities were detected on the Mac operating system

Panda Security has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac. This new solution delivers complete protection against all types of malware able to affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. This new system protects users not just against threats specifically designed to target the Apple platform, but also prevents Mac users from transmitting malware to other operating systems.

Panda Antivirus for Mac scans files and email, detecting, eliminating or blocking all types of threats, like Trojans, spyware and botnets, initially designed for Windows, but which also affect Mac.

“Mac security was something Panda needed to address”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “Because of Apple’s growing popularity, due to products like the iPad, it has become a target for hackers looking to exploit all widely used products.”

The Mac solution includes two scan engines: an on-access scan or resident protection, protecting the computer at all times and alert to any security incident, and an on-demand scan, allowing users to launch scans of the complete system or specific components. It can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, thereby ensuring that if any of these devices is carrying malware, it won’t infect other similar devices or Mac computers.

Mac security

Despite the sense of security among the Mac community, there are currently some 5,000 classified strains of malware that specifically affect Apple systems, with around 500 new samples appearing every month. In addition, there are approximately 170,000 macro viruses that Panda has cataloged throughout its 20-year history, and Mac users are also vulnerable to these viruses.

Moreover, in 2009 some 34 vulnerabilities were detected in the Mac OS. So far in 2010, this figure has risen to 175, which is considerably in relation to Apple’s global market share.

“We have always held the theory that when Apple reaches a more significant market share, around 15% worldwide (which given its current rapid growth will be achieved shortly), hackers will begin to target attacks against this platform”, says Ivan Fermon, SVP Product Management of Panda Security. “We would even say that today, the Windows operating system is more secure than Mac, simply because Microsoft has been working proactively on security for many years. As the Apple system has yet to be seriously threatened, it may contain more vulnerabilities than those we are aware of, which could be exploited to launch ‘zero-day attacks’ similar to those against Windows”, he concludes.

This theory is supported by analysts like Chris Christiansen, of IDC: “Most Mac users take security too lightly. In fact, most are quite proud of the fact that they don’t run any security at all. That’s an open door and at some point it will be exploited.” (http://www.macnn.com/articles/07/12/31/mac.os.x.a.growing.target/).

Mac users are not just open to infection from malware specifically designed for the platform, but they can also be transmitting Windows threats without realizing –and therefore helping spread viruses, worms and Trojans, which is a crime in many countries. However, Panda is offering an early solution against the growing threats that Mac users face.

More information is available in the PandaLabs blog: http://www.pandalabs.com

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iTunes Used as Lure to Steal Banking Details

  • Apple’s popular service has become a target for hackers looking for confidential bank data
  • The email is a fake iTunes receipt corresponding to a purchase the user hasn’t made.

According to Panda Security, Apple’s popular iTunes platform has become the target of hackers looking to reach millions of potential victims -who every day enter their credit card details in this device- in order to steal this data and infect them.

Victims of this malware attack receive a cleverly crafted email informing them that they have made an expensive purchase using their iTunes device. The user, who has not made this purchase using the platform, is concerned by the email and rapidly tries to resolve the problem by clicking on a link in the email.

After clicking the link the user is asked to download a PDF reader, which is a fake. Once installed, this program redirects the user to infected Web pages (mostly Russian) containing banker Trojans among other malware which steal the user’s personal details. 

“Phishing is nothing new”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “What never ceases to surprise us is that the techniques used to trick victims continue to be so simple, although the design and content is often very well worked. It’s often difficult not to fall in the trap.”

Panda suggests that in order to avoid becoming a victim of this new attack, users should not enter platforms such as iTunes through email notifications. Rather, enter the website from the platform itself. This way, users can also check their account status in real time from the account itself, and thus recognize an attempt at phishing.

This technique has been reported to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, who has started to block some of the Web addresses linked to in the fake email. 

“We advise all users to be wary of any emails of this type, now matter how genuine they might seem”, concludes Matthews.

If you think you may have been affected, Panda advises you scan your computer thoroughly to locate any possible active threats. If you do not have an antivirus installed, you can use the free Panda Cloud Antivirus, available from www.cloudantivirus.com.

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iPads infected with iPhone virus

Panda  Security has found that malware designed to infect iPhones can also compromise the popular iPad.

Given the increasing popularity of Apple devices and their growing market share, malware designed specifically to target these platforms is beginning to attract more attention. Last year, Panda raised the alert about a worm, iPhone/Eeki, able to infect jailbroken iPhones (i.e. those that have been tampered with in order to install unofficial applications). The worm was also able to spread to iPod Touch.

Logically, all malware designed for iPhones will have the same ability to infect and spread to iPad devices. This is because the iPad and the iPhone share the same operating system, known as iPhone (v3), or iOS (v4) in the forthcoming version.

‘This doesn’t mean we’re about to face an avalanche of infections’, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. ‘However, we have always stated that as Apple takes more market share, cyber-crooks will begin to show more interest in targeting those that use this platform.’

Despite the fact that Apple decided to totally close off the hardware (making it impossible to install peripherals) and the software (all applications are installed from the manufacturer’s App Store) cyber-criminals have found a way to infect jailbroken devices with malware.

‘With more and more proof of Apple being targeted, we advise all Mac users to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to increase security on their operating systems’ concludes Matthews.

Since 1990, Panda’s mission has been to detect and eliminate new threats as rapidly as possible in order to offer maximum security. To do so, PandaLabs has an innovative automated system that analyzes and classifies thousands of new samples a day and returns automatic verdicts (malware or goodware). This system is the basis of collective intelligence, Panda’s new security model which can even detect malware that has evaded other security solutions.

Currently, 99.4% of malware detected by Panda is analyzed through this system of collective intelligence. This is complemented by the work of several teams, each specialised in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, phishing, spam, etc).This translates into simple, secure and resource-friendly solutions for users.

For more information, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.