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Windows-Like Mac Malware Making Rounds

Many users on Windows machines are perhaps way too familiar with scareware, malware that effectively hijacks a system then asks you to fork over a credit card or live with a dead machine. Yes, I've been had twice over the last five years on this same PC (and recovered with some awesome and free tech support out there), which is two more times than I care to admit. (Fool me twice, right?)

Macs are pretty popular these days, so they're now just as big a target of such schemes, and one biggie out there right now is MacDefender. What's interesting is this report from ZDnet's Ed Bott that claims that an internal memo is telling AppleCare staff to not discuss or confirm/deny whether a Mac user's machine has been disabled by scareware like MacDefender. Is it irresponsible for Apple to do this? Or is that the company's prerogative?

Posted by Michael Domingo on 05/19/2011 at 11:59 AM

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