iWork '09 trojan infects 20,000 pirates

Karma, no matter what you do it will come back to bite you where it hurts the most. Up to 20,000 pirates who thought they would get away without paying for iWork '09 have learned that the hard way.

A recent copy of iWork '09 was leaked to the web but contained a free bonus add on, a virus called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A. This virus does the nasty work of installing itself in the startup as root. It then goes on and broadcasts its location and allows for malicious users to take over your Mac and install anything they want and modify files already on your computer.

It goes without saying that people who stole this software will probably have a hard time removing the malicious program because of that nature it was installed. Karma has certainly come full circle to those trying to pirate software.

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Ok, it doesnt matter how easy the virus is to remove...or if it spreads. What matters is this is an example, another one, of people starting to attack Macs more and more. This is how it started with PC viruses. Small and simple and then it grew like crazy. Lots of people didnt have antivirus on their PCs either and they were caught with their pants down. This seems like Deja vu to me.

I posted an article on another thread about a Mac attack in mid 08...I am kinda curious if the economy issues will help spread the attacks on Macs. People are losing money like crazy and need to branch out...im sure there are tons of unprotected Macs with sensitive info...personal or otherwise...hell, spyware would be cool to see on a Mac with all those adverts trying to get you to buy things...and no, I am not Mac bashing....just expressing my opinion...so chill if you are heated

The correct picture for this article which incorrectly states this is a virus. Its a trojan, not a virus. Very different.

... not that the original posts are any better. This was a sad thread to read. Most don't even know what a virus is, and are more interested in attacking Macs because "Mac users attack Windows". Damn kindergarten. Aren't we better than this?

Yeh its making me laugh too =D
"oh but the user chooses to install it" then they deserve it lol
The lure of free (think Bonzi Buddy) gets people to install anything. Thats why mac users MUST run AV software. Because your gullible enough to think that your protected by Lord Jobs.

It is indeed a trojan, not a virus. And that is a huge difference: a virus installs itself behind your back. A trojan not. By entering your admin password you grant access to whatever you install. No OS can protect you from this!

There are still ZERO self-replicating, self-installing viruses in the wild for OS X.

No need to defend the FACTS.

Anti Virus or no Anti Virus software, The only thing I find that beats this sort of crap is the End user.
I always fix PC's they always have AV software, Yet some how end up mangled with spyware and other junk, Virus's, Trojans etc.
So Anti Virus software doesn't protect you that much. In fact I'm pretty sure I could run windows or OSX with out AV and be fine. I done that whilst testing Vista beta a while back for near 6-8months. All fine.
The computer(MAC no wait sorry that should be Mac! or PC) is only as safe as the monkey using it. Because 90% of all the Virus's etc you get on a PC are installed by the end user. I've had 1 virus ever and that was the Blaster worm(WindowS) was unavoidable at the time unless you had a router in place. Which at that time weren't so popular for the home user. The best Anti Virus software = Educated End User. Then Both O/S's would be as immune as each other!

"I've had 1 virus ever and that was the Blaster worm(WindowS) was unavoidable at the time unless you had a router in place" LOL thats B/S Ms issued an update for windows months before the blaster worm hit, it was users who didnt keep their systems updated who got infected.

xSuRgEx said,
"I've had 1 virus ever and that was the Blaster worm(WindowS) was unavoidable at the time unless you had a router in place" LOL thats B/S Ms issued an update for windows months before the blaster worm hit, it was users who didnt keep their systems updated who got infected.


The same was true with Code RED.

The exploit that the CR worm used was patched back with NT 4 Service Pack 6 (and Windows 2000 Service Pack 1); Windows XP (which was in beta at the time) was actually immune. At the time, I was working in Customer Support for the broadband division of the Big Cable Company, and CR was a real Pain In The Rear for us in support (not just because we had to direct users on how/where to get the appropriate patches, but because we as a company were changing over from NT 4 Workstation to 2000 Professional, and some of us had just gotten used to NT4's quirks). However, kudos to Inside Technical Support; not so much as *one* of our demo machines (mostly running Windows 2000 Professional) ever got infected.

Some of those pirates may have had a brain and used an anti-virus program even though they were using an "untouchable" OS and thus not been infected.

GreyWolfSC said,
Some of those pirates may have had a brain...

Not likely. Otherwise they'd have downloaded the trial from Apple website and just pirate a serial number.

Nobody should say Mac's don't get viruses/trojans. Because that's just tripe.

If I remember correctly the first major virus was a Mac virus. So the whole idea of a virus was propelled into the open by a Mac exploit.

It's all about market share - anyone with half a brain would know. Why would someone bother creating a virus for a Mac? It wouldn't affect that many businesses or people.

jamesyfx said,
Nobody should say Mac's don't get viruses/trojans. Because that's just tripe.

If I remember correctly the first major virus was a Mac virus. So the whole idea of a virus was propelled into the open by a Mac exploit.

It's all about market share - anyone with half a brain would know. Why would someone bother creating a virus for a Mac? It wouldn't affect that many businesses or people.

There are still ZERO self-replicating, self-installing viruses in the wild for OS X. And OS X is not the same as the old Mac OS.

The more times you say that LTD the more ridiculous it gets.

Note: There are also ZERO self-replicating, self-installing viruses in the wild for all version of Windows....

If it self replicates it would be known as a worm.

So, would it be illegal for a company to install a virus or many viruses into a program which would be activated with specific illegal keys that said business leaks out over the internet? If so, why?

It could "almost" say something about it in the softwares 400 page EULA.

It's about time pirates got what they deserve though you'd think they would try this on a product that would actually be in demand.

Lol at the Windows users who treat this as the ultimate proof that Mac OS sucks. OMG Mac has a trojan! I told you it sucks... Meanwhile Windows viruses/trojans don't even make the news anymore, because it's not news.

Disclaimer: I use Windows. I hate Mac elitist. But that had to be said.

this here ladies and gentlemen is a clear example that always the free alternative is better...much much better.
you dont have to pirate any software in linux.. cuz almost all software in linux is free and very decent alternatives to paid software. plus obviously you are very safe from virii and hackers when you use linux.
(but obviously not virus and hacker proof--like for any system. although very close to that)

but yeah.. that showed em mac elitists!! muhahaha.

At this point I'd like to point people here:

OS X Leopard - Technology - Security

At NO point does that site say OS X is virus free. If YOU have made the assumption that OS X is virus free out the box that is YOUR mistake.

What OS X does do is:
a) scan every item that is downloaded for a program
b) require admin login for installation of all applications or access to system files (inc malicious programs)

Unfortunatly Apple nor Microsoft can stop user stupidity, but by providing the user with prompts asking for username & password's they can hopefully help users to make informed decisions.

And just to clear things up. I like both my PC & Apple as much as each other, they both have their places for my work. But isn't is funny how Microsoft blatently ripped off OS X/Linux's prompting for installation of items/opening of programs & turned it into something "New" ie UAC.

Thats my 2cp worth.

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