Macs face 'virus' threat

by admin February 16, 2006 at 5:39 pm

Users of the Mac OS X system are for the first time the target of a malicious code, security experts warn.

The virus, named OSX/Leap-A, spreads via the instant messaging iChat program as a file called latestpics.tgz and attempts to spread to contacts on an infected user’s buddy list.

According to Sophos, when the latestpics.tgz file is opened it disguises itself with a JPEG graphic icon to fool people into thinking it is harmless.

Experts said that they are still analysing the virus and its effect as there have been viruses for earlier versions of Macintosh but this is the first one ever for Mac OS X.

Sophos claims that the recent increase in popularity of Mac computers might be the reason for this attack.

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