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I usually write about Windows only cause I use windows (I’ve used both Mac and Linux and like them both). PC users are usually sneered at by Mac users as virus don’t affect Mac. I’ve seen one Mac advertisement stating that there are 1 billion virus out loose but never on a Mac.

I don’t think this statement will hold true any longer, there’s a Mac trojan floating around inside a pirated iWork ’09 release that has appeared on various torrent sites.

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When installing iWork 09, the iWorkServices package is installed. The installer for the Trojan horse is launched as soon as a user begins the installation of iWork, following the installer’s request of an administrator password (in older versions of Mac OS X, 10.5.1 or earlier, there will be no password request). This software is installed as a startup item (in /System/Library/StartupItems/iWorkServices, a location reserved normally for Apple startup items), where it has read-write-execute permissions for root. The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.

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According to Intego

Intego is issuing this alert to warn Mac users not to download iWork 09 installers from sites offering pirated software. (As of 6 am EST, at least 20,000 people have downloaded this installer.) The risk of infection is serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users.

I guess many PC users would be snickering.

 

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The Chrome team is working to bring it’s browser Chrome 2.0 to Mac and Linux before June this year. You can see the developments in Mac here and here. You’ll need XCode 3.1 and gclient. Chrome won’t run on OS X 10.4 and that PowerPC support currently is not planned.

And the Linux pages states –

There is no working Chromium-based browser on Linux. All you can build are some unit tests and a program used for testing the way the browser will render pages.

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The most popular, powerful, lightweight file sharing client uTorrent is now available for Mac.

The software is still in beta and supposedly contains some serious bugs, so use with caution and report bugs in forum.

You can get it here.

 

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There was no “I’m a Mac” after Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” ad for a while and now it has returned. Apple yesterday came up with 2 new ads –

PC guy is seen allocating a huge pile of cash on advertising, with little left over for “fixing Vista.

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The ad is mocking Microsoft’s $350 million ad campaign for Windows Vista, suggesting that some of that money would be better spent fixing Vista. I don’t know how they can mock Microsoft when they are spending more than $3.5 billion on SG&A (selling, general, and administrative expenses) for its fiscal year that ended September 30. How much of that was spent on advertising? I don’t know, but 10 percent doesn’t seem unreasonable. Apple’s advertising budget is also pretty massive. I mean, I see more Apple commercials on TV than ads for Barack Obama.

The second ad is making fun of Microsoft’s naming conventions which I didn’t find to be very funny.

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