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Own a Mac? This retooled Windows virus could cripple it

Own a Mac? This retooled Windows virus could cripple it
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All of my Mac user friends and employees say the same thing whenever they talk about why they buy only Apple products. Stop me if you've heard, "At least they don't get viruses" before.

According to a FireEye Labs report, however, hackers believe that a high-caliber Windows virus is powerful enough to port over to OS X. The main reason Macs "don't" get viruses is that hacker strategies have almost always meant that they'd cast the widest possible malware net.

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As we've been learning recently, hackers aren't quite super-geniuses. Malware programmers didn't take into account that Apple, according to ZDNet, takes up over half of the enterprise-level computer market.

That's what makes the OSX.XSLCmd virus so dangerous. If a hacker manages to get a virus like this onto just one major business or organization's server, they could do any number of terrifying things.

Screensharing, keyloggers, data transfer and the ability to install other programs are just some of OSX.XSLCmd's capabilities. As it stands, there are no anti-virus programs that detect this virus.

See also: Check to see if a keylogger is already installed on your computer.

All you really have to do to stay safe is to always be sure where your downloads are coming from and never trust a strange email. If you run or work at a small business with Macs, you should definitely tell your information technology specialist about this threat.

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Source: ZDNet
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