Mac OSX update to defend against Mac Defender scareware

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In something close to a u-turn, Apple have decided that they will now release a Mac OSX update to slow the spread of the Mac Defender scareware program.

Affecting a growing number of Mac users, Apple intially turned its back on the malware issue, with support staff told to tell customers “AppleCare does not provide support for removal of the malware. You should not confirm or deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.”

Apple will now release an update that will “automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants.”

It’s unusual for Apple to directly respond to a malware issue, but it seems that their PR machine has kicked in to avoid looking careless folowing their initial response.

Via: Digital Trends

Gerald Lynch

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