The past couple of days seems to be riddled with attacks (direct or otherwise) against the now-becoming-more-popular Mac computers.
Strike 1: More Mac-based ZLOB malware
Ever since ZLOB first crossed over to Mac computers several weeks ago, Trend Micro researchers have been continuously monitoring fake video codec Web sites that host malicious DMG files, the latest being codecvip.com. Still, ZLOB’s motives remain the same: change DNS server settings for malicious purposes such as phishing and site redirection.
Strike 2: Spammers using iDisk
Dubbed as a “personal hard disk online”, iDisk is one of the online tools and services offered by Mac’s .Mac (read as dot-Mac — think Yahoo! and Google, which both offer Web site hosting services, online groups, etc.). Recently, Senior Threat Researcher Feike Hacquebord were able to dig up some 200+ spam URLs on 23 iDisk accounts (at idisk.mac.com).
Strike 3: Hacker defaces Mac fansites
News that several Mac fansites have been hacked and defaced because of “excessive Apple fanboism” were first reported by McAfee in their blog. However, the Register reports that some of the supposed hacked sites were actually “publicity stunts”. Real or not, the message of the defacement probably says it all:
This is a message to the rest of the Mac community, so listen up. Ever heard of hubris? Tone it down and you will not be attacked.
The question is, will it (Mac popularity, etc.) tone down? Probably not.