• 43 cents for a compromised Mac!!

    Even though users of apple products are somewhat safer than windows users, this news article is  just another example of the fact that “ignorance is no panacea”.

    The bad news is that the bad guys are looking at infected Macs as a potential money-maker. Sophos researcher Dmitry Samosseiko at the Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva this week gave an inside view of the Russian “partnerka,” a network of cybercrime affiliates who spew spam and malware (think “Canadian Pharmacy” Website) — including information on one black market Website that a few months ago offered 43 cents per infected Mac OS X machine, which was at least 10 cents less than what infected Windows machines were going for in the cyber underground at the time.

    The Website offering the deal, MacCodec.com, also provided malware-laced phony video players to help the affiliates infect the Macs. The site has since disappeared from the Web, according to Sophos.

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