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Researchers at ESET say that malware designed to steal the content of OS X’s keychain and maintain a permanent backdoor was found in a recent build of open source torrent client Transmission. Following an investigation, the Transmission team say they were subjected to an attack on their servers. Steps have been taken to ensure greater security in the future.
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“It appears that on or about August 28, 2016, unauthorized access was gained to our website server,” the team said in a statement.

“The official Mac version of Transmission 2.92 was replaced with an unauthorized version that contained the OSX/Keydnap malware. The infected file was available for download somewhere between a few hours and less than a day.”

First the KeRanger malware, now this?

TorrentFreak source
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B-but there is no malware on OS X!
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B-but there is no malware on OS X!
No one in their right mind would claim such a thing smile.gif
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B-but there is no malware on OS X!
I'm sure Apple will refund wink.gif

Or just bring it to their service center and infect them too biggrin.gif
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No one in their right mind would claim such a thing smile.gif
Mac users claim it all the time everywhere even on windows articles.
According to them this is one of the main advantages Mac OS has over Windows.
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B-but there is no malware on OS X!

That claim was always about viruses. Who ever stated that malware doesn't exist?
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That claim was always about viruses. Who ever stated that malware doesn't exist?

To most users Malware is all just called a virus.
And lots of people still say to this day Mac doesnt get viruses.
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Its all about marketshare. If you are writing a virus, you can hit the 90%+ marketshare that Windows has, or go with the 5% OSX. Apple doesnt have much viruses and stuff because not many people use it. To say that Linux, Windows, or Apple is more vulnerable than the other is negligable because of how people use it. IMO linux is safe because they force user permissions... you typically are not logged in as root. If you did the same with windows, you would be a LOT less vulnerable, but people dont because it tends to be annoying to deal with (I dont even bother). Another thing to note is the target audience for the virus. If your trying to add some keyloggers to get passwords, yeah windows makes sense... but if your trying to make a backdoor to a server or something, then linux would make a lot more sense. One thing that does create some seperation is that Linux is open sourced, and so is a lot of the repos that people use. With that said... i do lean that linux has less because think what would happen is Microsoft made windows 10 open source?

People think, or used to think that Apple was free of viruses and bugs, but really it was that there were very few. There is also the aspect on how often they would buy a new machine to replace their old one. Apple is amaizing with their marketing, so it wouldn't surprise me if they had some sort of push towards that mindset.
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To most users Malware is all just called a virus.
And lots of people still say to this day Mac doesnt get viruses.

So what?
Saying "most users" thinking that doesn't mean its true. Promoting wrong labelling because "most users" is just making it even worse in an argument.

And tbh, yes,OSX is hugely a lot less potent to be infected by a virus run by something. The system is a lot tighter compared to windows. It is a lot less likely for a virus to infect other programs or alter the kernel or infect system files in OSX than windows.
Instaling malware which opens backdoors or take data is a whole other matter and there are no programs which can really prevent you from bring an idiot and install everything you see on the internet.
Hell. Installing windows 10 on a bootcamp on mac is essentially installing a malware right there tongue.gif
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People think, or used to think that Apple was free of viruses and bugs, but really it was that there were very few. There is also the aspect on how often they would buy a new machine to replace their old one. Apple is amaizing with their marketing, so it wouldn't surprise me if they had some sort of push towards that mindset.

I don't know were the claims about bugs, but OSX is also based on linux, and 99.99% of users have no root or system permissions allowing them to alter the system files, which in potential prevents the spreading of a virus, just like in linux. And OSX also warns if any program is trying to alter another program, and intentionally prevents it from happening unless the user explicitly allows it.
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