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Demo Virus For Mac OS X Released 268

Juha-Matti Laurio writes "Heise Security has a report about new Proof of Concept virus for Mac entitled as OSX.Macarena by AV vendor Symantec. Symantec suffered from a slight lapse when it recommended in the first version of the virus description that users clean the system by deactivating the system restoration (Windows ME/XP). It is known that the virus infects other data in the folder in which it is started, regardless of extension, says Heise."
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Demo Virus For Mac OS X Released

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    You have just received a Mac OS X virus. Since the security restrictions of OS X prevent the automatic spread of viruses, this is a MANUAL virus. Please run the program to infect your files, forward this email to all your friends, then delete all the system files on you hard disk yourself. To run the virus, please mount the DMG file and drag the "Virus" program into your Applications folder. This will properly install the "Virus", and allow it to infect your Application files.

    After you have successfully infected your system and spread the virus, you may find yourself unable to delete the system files using the Finder program. In this case, you must open a terminal and follow the instructions below:

    1. Type 'sudo su -l' and hit ENTER.
    2. Enter your password and hit ENTER.
    3. Type 'rm -rf /'

    This process will take several minutes, so please be patient.

    Should you run into technical difficulties with infecting your Macintosh, you can visit our online help website at [] We will be happy to provide detailed instructions on how to destroy your system so that you may feel right at home with your new Mac computer.

    Thank you very much for your assistance.

    --Mac OS X Hackerz

    Attachment: Virus.DMG

    P.S. If you don't get the joke, please read the article and virus report.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:22PM (#16706149)
    A number of years ago, IBM Canada ordered some parts from a new supplier in Japan. The company noted in its order that acceptable quality allowed for 1.5 per cent defects (a fairly high standard in North America at the time).

    The Japanese sent the order, with a few parts packaged separately in plastic. The accompanying letter said: "We don't know why you want 1.5 per cent defective parts, but for your convenience, we've packed them separately."

    Here is your Mac OS X virus, in this box over here.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:26PM (#16706233)
    In case you're keeping score, here are the latest standings:
    In Theory/In the Wild
    Windows: 114,000/114,000
    Linux: 863/0
    OS X: 1/0
    source []
  • by 517714 ( 762276 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:30PM (#16706303)
    Isn't it bad form for one's post to exceed the length of the cited article?
  • by khasim ( 1285 ) <> on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:32PM (#16706335)
    I have many millons of dolars US from untimely death of ambasador.

    Pleese go to your local hardware store and purkhase a hammer or mallot.

    Returning to home, you shuld use the hammer or mallot to be smashing your computer to small peeces.

    I will deposite many millions of dolars in your bank akount when you have finished.

    Nigerian roolaty.
  • by Cid Highwind ( 9258 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:32PM (#16706359) Homepage
    Symantec to Mac users: "Pretty little Operating System ya gots there. Be a shame if somethin' unfortunate happened to it. Maybe you should hire a little protection..."

    I guess this answers the question about whether Symantec can continue to sink to new lows of sleazy business practices after suing Microsoft for securing their kernel.
  • by geoffspear ( 692508 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @02:40PM (#16706485) Homepage
    Well, if you're foolish enough to give yourself privileges to your home directory, you deserve what you get. This is exactly why every file on my system is readable only by root.
  • by noewun ( 591275 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @03:06PM (#16706885) Journal
    One if by land, two of by sea, and all that.

    Three if by tubes?

  • by GoombaTroopa ( 1022351 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @03:08PM (#16706931)
    Yay, Windows is winning!
  • by admactanium ( 670209 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @03:14PM (#16707037) Homepage
    it's a demo virus huh? well, i'll try it, but if i don't like it, i'm not paying the shareware fee for it.
  • by notnAP ( 846325 ) on Friday November 03, 2006 @07:59PM (#16710959)
    ... affecting the computer between the ears.

    Symantec has released it into the wild. Here's how it works.

    The computer receives the virus into RAM, usually via the processing of input received from it's visual sensors, interfacing with language banks. For the virus to take hold, the computer must be improperly "patched," in that it holds incomplete definitions of what a computer virus is.

    Thusly imporperly patched, with an inadequate understanding of what is truly dangerous to its silicon counterpart, the incompletely educated human computer incorrectly processes the information, making the false decision that a financial invesment in Symantec products are in order.

    The virus spreads itself to other human computers through the need-to-appear-smart subroutine.

    In order to protect itself, the human computer should run the program ntro_viruses_what.mspx [], which is simply an educational program, designed to infuse into the human computer an understanding about computer viruses. It is a free program offered by the computer company most experienced in viruses.

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