The latest MacDefender Malware can infect a Mac user even without asking for password first. This was discovered not long after Apple admitted that they will perform certain update to fix the previous MacDefender Malware infection. The celebration for the Mac users were not long and I am pretty sure that Apple is working extraordinary hardworking to fix the latest evolution of MacDefender Malware.
The MacDefender Malware is a form of Scareware that attack a user by scaring the user about all the fake virus, worms and trojan and then trick the user to buy a bogus MacDefender that so called can get rid of all those threats. Truth is, it is just a scam that programmed for the purpose of cheating end user to purchase things that they do not even need it in the first place. When the Apple support get to know about this matter, they tried very hard to deny the fact that, it was not their issue to cause this Scareware. I can live with that as we should blame the user for being careless, but as a platform provider, is there something you should do to make the platform a little more free from threat? However, due to the extreme noise level, Apple decided to do something about this and they are going to release a patch to fix this vulnerability. Good news isn’t it, Mac user? But not for long…
MacDefender Malware – The Evolution
When Apple decided to release some sort of fix for this vulnerability, the hacker sure know that the old tricks will not work anymore. What could be the next big thing for Apple to deal? Alright, why not just install this bogus MacDefender without even asking for password. During the old MacDefender Malware, people around the forums are guiding the users on how to prevent this attack. Including myself as well that I had also write a short guide on preventing this attack. Well, seems like using standard user account instead of the administrator account for normal usage is not going to be the solution anymore. Now they don’t even need to ask for your password before installing.
MacDefender Malware – The Conclusion
As a result, we can see that the developer for this bogus MacDefender is not letting things go easily. It was suspected that the gang of hacker for this campaign is the same gang that frequently target to hack Microsoft product according to one of the Malware Engineer of Microsoft. Before I end this entry, I would like to remind all the Mac User to turn off the settings of your Safari browser where it will suppose to automatically install ‘safe’ program after downloading. This tip can still do a great help even with the evolution of the new MacDefender Malware.