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Most spyware is likely to be in the form of adware, either downloaded as part of a free app or a browser plug-in. Trojan.Yontoo.1 is an example of the latter, capable of infecting all the common Mac browsers, including Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Once installed, it can log keystrokes, sending the information to a third party, and deliver up targeted ads.
Scareware is what it sounds like: a scary pop-up that claims your operating system is infected. Malicious websites use scareware to entice users to click on the pop-up, which then triggers an attempted trojan download.
This malware includes MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector and MacGuard, all which operate in similar fashion: The user clicks on a malicious link, then a pop-up appears to say you have a virus. For a fee, it offers a download for a bogus antivirus.
Macro viruses and Windows malware may not hurt your Mac, but if you transmit an infected file to a Windows user, you could unwittingly cause a huge problem. Windows malware is capable of hiding on a Mac in the form of macro viruses in Word files, in dual-boot systems or even in a virtualized Windows environment.
Because many people don’t use antivirus software on Macs, it’s difficult to get a handle on the size of the risk.
“The absence of adoption of antivirus solutions on Mac OS X is hiding the truth, because malware is not going to get reported,” Bogdan Botezatu, Bitdefender’s Senior E-Threat Analyst explains, “We know what’s happening in the Windows eco-system because we have this visibility and threat intelligence, but with Mac OS X there’s often no antivirus to report back to base.”
How would someone know if their Mac was infected?
What kind of people create Malware?
If you’re mystified as to why someone would want to put so much effort into attacking your computer or your mobile device, let’s take a moment to consider the type of people that become malware creators… and how they benefit from creating malware.
It’s a sad fact that, sooner or later, malicious individuals will find a way to exploit almost any invention or new technology – in order to cause damage or generate revenues. As the legitimate use of computers, mobile devices and the Internet has grown, so have the opportunities for vandals, swindlers, blackmailers and other criminals to benefit from creating computer viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware.