I’m not a Mac user (but I don’t understand the hatred towards Mac computers by people who use Windows and Linux either), but it’s interesting to hear that a fake security program has started to cause problems for people who do use it. One of the main advantages to Macs is that they are more secure, but it seems that this software takes the appearance of a regular security software then once it’s installed started to cause all the problems.
Apparently the main reason it’s been successful is because the software has managed to get high up in search results. The software creators managed to get images ranking for high traffic terms like “mothers day”, then when the user clicks the image the software is automatically installed on both Windows and Mac OS X. Once its installed it starts telling the user that it needs to buy something in order to protect the machine.
It’s interesting that this has been targeted at Mac users as well as Windows. Could this be the start of a lot more Mac viruses and security threats? There are so many more people using Windows that there are always going to be more viruses for it, but maybe Mac is now seen is an easier target.