Let's pretend that rather than being a massively successful technology company, Apple was actually, you know, an apple. The bright, shiny red kind the old lady down the street hands out on Halloween. It looks really delicious on the outside, but deep down inside, there's a terrible secret lurking. If Apple is an apple, Mac Defender is its hidden razor. And not even half a day after Apple finally stopped twiddling its thumbs and released a patch to combat the malware, Mac Defender's authors released a new version that's already bypassing the new protections.
Not a day after Apple finally acknowledged the Mac Defender trojan, the original malware author has changed up the attack, making it even harder to prevent infection. The main impediment before was that users had to enter their administrator password, but the new variant no longer requires that. It's a brave new world for Mac users, folks.
The Internet was ablaze with Apple talk yesterday. Several news sources picked up on ZDNet's news that Apple was telling its support techs to avoid helping helpless Mac users plagued by the Mac Defender malware. Apparently, the topic struck a sore spot – our blurb on the issue drew almost 60 comments. Awash in a flood of bad publicity, last night Apple officially published a support page on its Web site to help Mac Defender victims take back control of their computer.
Mac users like to flaunt their supposed security in the face of PC enthusiasts all the time. "Spyware? Viruses?" they ask, usually while gently sipping tea with one pinky raised. "Oh, no. Macs don't get those." Given the snootiness, we can help but smile when we imagine them sputtering and spitting out said tea in the wake of the Mac Defender malware that began making the rounds earlier this month. Today, ZDNet claimed that Apple explicitly told its support techs not to help users remove the infection. Where's your Steve Jobs worship now?