We received a concerned email in re: the “Mac virus” that’s floating around. Here’s our reply:
From: [king heathen] Subject: Re: what about this mac virus mary's telling me about? Date: February 17, 2006 8:32:32 PM CST To: [co-worker] > On Feb 17, 2006, at 8:07 PM, [coworker] wrote: > what do I need to know / do? 1. If people try to send you files with iChat that you're not expecting, don't accept them. 2. If you do accept them, don't uncompress them. 3. If you do accept them and uncompress them, don't execute the contents by double-clicking the file. 4. If you do accept them and uncompress them and double-click the contents, don't type your admin password. 5. If you do accept them and uncompress them and double-click the contents and type your admin password, well, then you'll be infected, and the trojan will try to spread itself. It doesn't do anything else, but it will be annoying. Summary? It requires so much intervention from the user to get installed and run that it's only barely a trojan. Since it's so lame in those terms AND has no destructive payload, it's pretty much a non-event.
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