Apple to Release Update to Address Mac Defender Malware

Kara Reeder
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Apple has acknowledged the threat posed by "scareware," also known as "rogueware," and has promised an update for Mac OS X that will find and delete the fake anti-virus program known as Mac Defender, reports Computerworld. Apple says:

In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants ... The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this malware.

Earlier this month, security firm Intego discovered the rogue anti-virus app that used SEO poisoning to push the software to the top of search results in Google and other search engines. What makes Mac Defender unique is that it is the first piece of professional-looking scareware to target Macs. Last week, Microsoft said it found a link between Mac Defender and a similar family of software that targets Windows.

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