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A Dangerous OS X virus takes over 18,000 Macs

  • The Russian security web Dr. Web has discovered a new virus for OS X called iWorm
  • Is introduced into computers using this operating system, such as iMac or MacBook Air, and becomes bots
  • Apparently there are more than 18,000 abducted Macs

Apple boasts that their operating systems are the safest in the world, and in a way it is. At least from the point of view mainstream.

But that is safe does not mean you are immune to the virus , especially if they take advantage of a security breach, as it seems to make a new worm OS X , discovered by the Russian web Dr. Web , in a story that comes to us via IB Times.

A Dangerous OS X virus takes over 18,000 Macs

This new OS X virus , colloquially called iWorm (his full name is Mac.Backdoor. iWorm ), uses a security flaw in the operating system to sneak into your computer, either an iMac, MacBook Air, or any other model that use OS X .

Dr. Web has not explained how computers are infected, but as they become bots : zombie computers controlled remotely by hackers.

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iWorm makes access to the infected Mac news aggregator Reddit and look for some specific comments on the Discussion section. Hackers have left server addresses in these reviews, the virus iWorm used to connect to them and getting attackers to gain remote control of the Mac.

According to the website of Russian security, using this system have managed to assemble an army of 18,000 bots, for now, have not used. The bots usually kidnapped or computers are used to send spam to undermine cryptographic currencies like Bitcoin, or perform DDoS attacks to certain services you want to block. Perhaps they were waiting to control a larger number of computers before using them for the purpose they had in mind.

Luckily, Dr. Web ensures that the security software OS X has been updated to protect iWorm.

This is the biggest virus attack Macs since 2012, when nearly half a million were infected by other malware.

U.S. police offer keyloggers for safety

  • The American police r copies of ComputerCOP is a program to spy on what the user
  • As Keylogger is, records passwords, searches, messages … everything is typed from the keyboard
  • The data are sent to a third-party server, without security and without encryption

keylogger

The first may not make much sense, but it is increasingly fashionable among concerned parents and by American forces. The program is a keylogger ComputerCOP , ie that records what you write on a computer, from messages to Internet searches and, of course, passwords. As they say,spying is the first step to protect children from the hazards of the network.

Police chiefs, Sheriffs and other law enforcement have already distributed hundreds of thousands of copies of the software for free to families in schools, libraries and various events. It is part of an initiative to internet safety. A seal of office security with a package included in the signed message warning of hidden dangers dark network.

The fact is that no matter what they want to do official apparently ComputerCOP is an ordinary spyware , set in a New York company that is not engaged in nothing more than selling software security agencies.

The way it works is not secure at all. It works like any keylogger, ie records what you type with the keyboard , endangering all family data to send everything to the servers of a third party, moreover, is recorded not have any security or encryption.

This leaves families, police stations and schools compartment vulnerable to identity thieves, pedophiles, hackers, and anyone who wants to take a trip across a few servers that do not have any protection.

In fact, it would be a curiosity to know how many of these versions of the program are actually being used to “protect children” instead of spying on husbands or wives, crack passwords and use them badly. As always, the advice that we give in Computer Hoy is the same.

The people who really know virus has no incentive to share their knowledge, but you plenty of reasons to make you a trick. Avoid installing any keylogger, spyware, or malware in general, as much as you think it is you who controláis. Believe us: you are not.

MP3_Player

MP3 Players & Linux

This article will be a bit off my normal routine.  I usually like to try things out before I write about them, but in this case I am making an exception.  Mostly because I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to try some of this stuff out, but I thought it was interesting enough that I wanted to share with everyone now.  Anyway, this article will focus on popular MP3 players and open source programs that either work on them or with them.

MP3_Player

The Apple iPod

Below are a few projects that may interest iPod owners…

iPodLinux

First up is the iPodLinux project.  The goal of this project is to port Linux to the iPod.  Meaning you actually run Linux directly on your iPod.  The project has been successful in porting a kernel and has developed a user interface called podzilla.  It also appears a bunch on small applications have already been developed like file browsers, image viewers, games, etc.  You can find details on the applications here & some screenshots here.  It looks as if they have even had some success getting video to play on the iPod Photo.  So what versions of the iPod work?  From their site, “iPodLinux is currently safe to install on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPods. Development is currently on-going on later generations of iPod, including the fourth generation click wheel, mini, U2, Photo/Color, Nano, and Video.”

The only iPod I have is the Shuffle so I will not be trying this out for a while.  When my Dell DJ breaks down and it’s time for a new player perhaps I will buy an iPod then and try it out.  When that happens I’ll report my impressions of the project.  However, from the outside I have to say it looks promising.

Next up….. an iTunes like application

SharpMusique
Ok so the iPodLinux project is for putting Linux on your iPod, but what about something that lets you purchase music for your iPod like iTunes.  iTunes only runs on Windows and Macs so what is a Linux user to do?  Don’t fret.  That’s the gap SharpMusique tries to fill.  An application developed the by the man many have come to know as DVD Jon (the man who brought DVD copying to the masses).

SharpMusique, originally known as QTFairUse, can now be used on Linux systems.  It bypasses Apples DRM allowing iTunes bought music to be played on Linux.  The application allows users to perform the following actions with the iTunes Music Store:

  • Preview songs
  • Signup for an account
  • Buy songs and albums
  • Redownload songs that you bought with SharpMusique
  • Redeem Pepsi caps
  • Redeem gift certificates

You can find out more information about the project here.

gtkpod
Next up is something to manage your music files, sync them with your iPod, etc.  That is the goal of the gtkpod project, “gtkpod is a platform independent Graphical User Interface for Apple’s iPod using GTK2. It supports the first to fourth Generation as well as the iPod mini, iPod Photo and the iPod shuffle.”  Here are some good screenshots.

Next up is the Dell DJ…

Dell’s Digital Jukebox (Dell DJ)

There are several interesting projects involving the use of the Dell DJ with Linux.

Gnomad2
First up is Gnomad2.  “Gnomad is a GTK+ client program for the NOMAD Jukebox, using libnjb and libid3tag to handle the jukebox communications and ID3 tagging procedures.”  Not originally written for the Dell DJ, but does work since the Dell DJ is based on the player that Gnomad was created for.  This basically works like the Dell Jukebox Explorer works in Windows.  Here are a few screenshots.

DJSync
Gnomad2 is great for managing your music files, but it lacks the ability to sync up with your DJ.  That’s where this project comes into play.  DJSync allows you to sync the DJ with your local music library on Linux.

So that about wraps it up for this article.  Hopefully you have found this useful.  If you have any experience with, opinions about, or alternatives to these projects please post your comments.