Macs Now Vulnerable to Botnet

For those of you (and you know who you are) who have long sneered at the security-hole ridden Windows computing environment, and held up the MacOS as being superior and more security, news of a new Mac-targeted exploit must come as something of a rude shock.

The MacOS botnet is know as Macbot or iBotnet, and early estimates indicate that thousands of Mac users have unwittingly downloaded and installed the botnet software, and are now set up to run whatever malicious code the bot farmer has in mind, usually spam mailing software.

As usual, the solution is to keep your Mac specific Internet security package up to date and make sure to run daily scans, and resist the urge to open every email attachment or click an every emailed link you receive.


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