Tag Archives: MacOS

With 0-days hitting Chrome, iOS, and dozens more this month, is no software safe?

reader comments 39 with End users, admins, and researchers better brace yourselves: The number of apps being patched for zero-day vulnerabilities has skyrocketed this month and is likely to get worse in the following weeks. People have worked overtime in recent weeks to patch a raft of vulnerabilities actively exploited in the wild, with offerings… Read More »

Linux could be 3% of global desktops. What happened to Windows?

How can you argue against these numbers? 20th Century Fox / Aurich Lawson reader comments 146 with According to one measurement by one firm, Linux reached 3.07 percent market share of global desktop operating systems in June 2023. It’s a notable first for the more than 30-year-old operating system, though other numbers in Statcounter’s chart… Read More »

Prominent cryptocurrency exchange infected with previously unseen Mac malware

Getty Images reader comments 42 with Researchers have discovered previously unknown Mac malware infecting a cryptocurrency exchange. It contains a full suite of capabilities, including the ability to steal private data and download and execute new malicious files. Dubbed JokerSpy, the malware is written in the Python programming language and makes use of an open… Read More »

Apple’s Macs have long escaped ransomware, but that may be changing

Getty Images reader comments 83 with Share this story Security researchers are examining newly discovered Mac ransomware samples from the notorious gang LockBit, marking the first known example of a prominent ransomware group toying with macOS versions of its malware. Ransomware is a pervasive threat, but attackers typically don’t bother creating versions of their malware… Read More »

Apple clarifies security update policy: Only the latest OSes are fully patched

Enlarge / The default wallpaper for macOS 11 Big Sur. reader comments 56 with 29 posters participating Share this story Earlier this week, Apple released a document clarifying its terminology and policies around software upgrades and updates. Most of the information in the document isn’t new, but the company did provide one clarification about its… Read More »

Apple rushes out patches for two zero-days threatening iOS and macOS users

reader comments 41 with 32 posters participating, including story author Share this story Apple on Thursday released fixes for two critical zero-day vulnerabilities in iPhones, iPads, and Macs that give hackers dangerous access to the internals of the OSes the devices run on. Apple credited an anonymous researcher with discovering both vulnerabilities. The first vulnerability,… Read More »

Mac malware spreading for ~14 months installs backdoor on infected systems

reader comments 34 with 33 posters participating, including story author Share this story Mac malware known as UpdateAgent has been spreading for more than a year, and it is growing increasingly malevolent as its developers add new bells and whistles. The additions include the pushing of an aggressive second-stage adware payload that installs a persistent… Read More »

Booby-trapped sites delivered potent new backdoor trojan to macOS users

reader comments 60 with 47 posters participating Share this story Researchers have uncovered advanced, never-before-seen macOS malware that was installed using exploits that were almost impossible for most users to detect or stop once the users landed on a malicious website. The malware was a full-featured backdoor that was written from scratch, an indication that… Read More »