macOS: Installing Flash Updates (The Safe Way)

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Melissa Holt explains why you shouldn’t trust pop-up windows for Flash updaters and shows how to safely install Adobe’s multimedia player on your Mac if you really need it.

Mac Malware, Cell Service Providers, Upgrading to macOS High Sierra – ACM 417

· Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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With Bryan out on vacation Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why Bob doesn’t routinely run a malware checker on his Mac, plus the rant a little about cell service providers, and talk about their macOS High Sierra upgrade experiences.

Is Mac Malware a Threat Yet?

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Dr. Mac says: “Whenever malware is in the news, people ask me what I use to protect my Mac from malware. I still say “nothing,” as I have since time immemorial.” Find out why in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #233)!

 

Siri Assistant Displays, Handbrake Malware - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-08

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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A Siri appliance needs a display, or so says Apple’s Phil Schiller. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about voice assistants and how they feel about including a display. They also look at the recent malware attack on Handbrake.

PSA: Russian-Backed Flash Trojan Ported to macOS

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Snake on macOS

A Russian-backed bit of malware called Snake has been ported to macOS, according to security blog Fox-IT (via Malwarebytes Labs). Snake is a trojan disguised to look like a Flash installer, and it’s been around on Windows since 2008 and Linux since 2014. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Antivirus Firm Claims There's New Android Malware Every 10 Seconds

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

G-Data Android Malware Chart

Sing the lyrics to The Beatles’ “Come Together.” Before you get to “holy roller” there will be a new instance of Android malware out there. That’s according antivirus firm G-Data, who claimed it found 754,958 instances of Android malware in just the first quarter. The company is projecting 3.5 million Android malware samples in 2017, a figure that would beat 2016’s record of more than 3.2 million.

DOK Malware Signed by Valid Developer Certificate (for Now)

· Andrew Orr · News

A new piece of malware, called OSX/Dok, has been discovered by the Check Point malware research team. It affects all versions of macOS and is signed with a valid developer certificate authenticated by Apple. Dok malware is also the first to spread in a widespread email phishing campaign. Andrew Orr gives us the technical details.

New Mac Ransomware Leaves Your Files Permanently Encrypted

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Mac users hoping to score Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Microsoft Office for free through BitTorrent sites are in for an ugly surprise thanks to a new ransomware making the rounds. The ransomware, called OSX/Filecoder.E, encrypts the contents of victim’s hard drives and demands payment in Bitcoin, but there isn’t any way to actually decrypt and recover files.

Just Discovered Fruitfly Malware Uses Pre-OS X Code

· Jeff Gamet · News

Malwarebytes discovered Fruitfly malware for Macs

Malwarebytes discovered a Mac malware threat dubbed Fruitfly that’s being used to target biomedical research facilities. Calling Fruitfly new, however, may not be correct because it looks like it’s been around since at least 2014, and it also relies on some system calls that predate OS X and macOS.

PSA: LOL 'Apple' Malware Spam of the Week

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

LOL Malware Spam of the Week

Check this out. It’s probably the worst malware spam I’ve seen in a long time. I actually snorted out loud reading it. But it’s always good to be on guard against these things, and to help those in our lives who might be fooled by even this lame attempt. Accordingly, let’s turn an LOL moment into a learning opportunity.

Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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Dr. Mac says he doesn’t  usually write about Apple’s minor operating system updates, but, if you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #190:  Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

PSA: New Mac Malware Tries to Trick Less Savvy Users

· Bryan Chaffin · News

The KRACK hack is being patched

There’s new Mac malware in the wild aimed at users who may be a bit less savvy on the nerd scale. Discovered by Malwarebytes, this malware uses interface shenanigans to trick users into permitting other malware to be installed.

Backdoor.MAC.Elanor Malware Access Mac Webcams, Steals Data, More

· Jeff Gamet · News

iMac with monsters

There’s a new Mac malware threat in the wild dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor that’s particularly nasty because it lets attackers take control of your Mac’s camera, download data from your computer, and remotely run code. Mac users can fall victim to the threat by downloading what otherwise appears to be a legit app and has even shown up on some mainstream Mac software repositories.