Apple acknowledges ‘Mac Defender’ malware problem, posts removal instructions

By on May 25, 2011 at 9:40 AM.

Apple acknowledges ‘Mac Defender’ malware problem, posts removal instructions

Mac users have recently been targeted by a phishing scam that falsely claimed their computers were infected with a virus. Upon being redirected to an illegitimate website, users were instructed to install “Mac Defender,” which was malware masquerading as an antivirus application. Until recently, Apple had reportedly instructed its AppleCare support reps to deny any existence of the problem and said reps should “not remove or uninstall any malware” found on a computer. On Tuesday, however, Apple finally acknowledged the issue and posted instructions on its support forums that cover how to avoid and remove the Mac Defender malware. Hit the jump for Apple’s instructions. More →

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Interpol issues arrest warrant for unofficial WikiLeaks iOS app, booted from App Store

By on December 21, 2010 at 8:27 AM.

Interpol issues arrest warrant for unofficial WikiLeaks iOS app, booted from App Store

Okay, maybe Interpol didn’t issue an arrest warrant for the unofficial WikiLeaks iOS app… maybe that was just our attempt at wit. The application did, however, get ousted from the iOS App Store by the gatekeepers at Apple. The application’s developer, Igor Barinov, received an email from Apple late yesterday informing him that his application had officially been delisted from the mobile store. The note lacks any shred of specificity and asks Mr. Barinov to contact the iTunes Store Team (who are about to take a week off) for resolution. The application, cleverly titled WikiLeaks App, gives users one-touch access to the now infamous site’s leaked documents and Twitter account; the app cost $1.99. It is unclear whether the application’s removal has to do with a legitimate iOS terms-of-service violation or if Apple is joining the likes of Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and Bank of America in their assault on WikiLeaks. More →

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