ZDNet's coverage of the latest Mac Developer malware includes a full video of what it looks like to get infected by Mac Defender:
As Macenstein notes, it's easy to imagine someone getting tricked by the process.
After watching this I suppose I could see how someone (who is fairly trusting, not all that tech savvy, and easily scared) could be tricked into letting this install on their system, so I’m not AS “what kind of idiot got this?” as I once was.
Apple has recently release a software update that addresses at least some variants of Mac Defender, but users should be cautious as new versions seem to be popping up already.
Ed Bott also shows what happens when Mac OS X detects the dangerous download:
But even with Apple's protection, it's a confusing mess of windows and dialog boxes that could leave the user uncertain what to trust.
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Am I understanding this right? You have to fairly pro-actively install this on your computer, it doesn't happen behind the scenes like Microshaft products do?
Well I guess closing all windows would be a bit extreme, but they could make use of Apples sandboxing technology and close just the tab that the download started in. That sounds a bit more reasonable, no?
Quite amusing and annoying at the same time.
Move along folks, this ain't nothing new yet.
That makes no difference, since this lame threat is not browser-specific.
Antivirus software isn't required to defeat this threat. It can be easily thwarted by an informed, careful user.
False. Mac OS X is not immune to viruses. There just aren't any in the wild.
This is the case with all malware that exists in the wild. None of it can affect Mac OS X unless the user actively installs it.
Why do people think that Firefox is immune to this? It is not.
The flaw is in the user.
Whether using Safari or Firefox, flawed users can easily install the MacDefender malware.
This isn't a virus or anything close to it, it's much more like a phishing email where the user is foolish enough to hand over the keys. It's great that Apple is putting in protection for this, but these sorts of threats will always be around and the solution is for people to have the common sense to not click INSTALL on an app that they didn't ask to download and that they've never heard of.
Honestly, seeing this video makes me feel like macs are MORE secure.
Although Apple could make the warning/remove interface less confusing. I'd almost say they should just block it automatically instead of giving the user a choice, and block the website as well.