Mac Virus Pretending to be Virus Scanners

Computer users have always thought that using a Mac is associated with high computing security. Lately, it was proved that even this very much trusted brand can fall as a victim to malware.

Wayne Huang, CEO of Armorize Technologies announced that various Chinese and Taiwanese websites were attacked by a stubborn software. This was detected in May 13. The perpetrator is implanted in a mass SQL injection attack. Its origin was traced back to a server farm in China.

The attack is currently evolving; however, the culprit could not yet insert the malicious program successfully. In spite of that, it has caused serious damages to a lot of websites through the SQL injection. Due to this incident, uncontrollable changes have occurred in the sites that it has victimized. At this time, there are about 10,000 servers that were affected by the attack. Among the victims are Soulful and Mycar168.

It appears that the attackers are utilizing automated queries on Google’s search engine. That way, they will be able to identify which websites are susceptible to the malware attack.

Once a website fell as a victim to this malicious program, the attackers can access delicate information, such as databases and applications. Since they can then freely access the website, they can easily run the malicious code on the servers.

The origin of the virus may have intended not to hide their IP address; that is why is has been easily tracked down. Whatever the reason for this is, it’s still a mystery. On the contrary, Huang said it was well-designed that even he accidentally downloaded the offender.

The dreaded malware is seemingly the virus scanners known to users as MacSecurity, MacDefender and MacProtector. These great pretenders use the long-established approach of dressing up as sheep; when the truth is that they are really wolves.  This strategy has already enjoyed years of success among Windows users.

Apple recently published an article on how the Mac Virus can be avoided and removed. The steps aren’t complicated. In fact, they are so easy to follow. On the other hand, users are warned that the Mac Defender virus might strike back in the future using a different name and strategy. Just recently, Intego reported another camouflage in the form of MacGuard’s newest version. This tends to be nastier because it doesn’t require a password get into servers. It can get a hold into systems when someone follows the malicious link to vicious websites. The virus will automatically be installed to your Mac and run on Apple’s software installer.