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New virus fires up unattended computers and peppers screens with hardcore pornography

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 computer-pornSCAM software which fires up unattended computers and peppers the screen with hardcore pornography has duped hundreds of users.

 

The program, which is called both MACDefender and Mac Security, targets Apple users and appears to offer anti-virus protection.

But unwary Apple-users who click on the advert will find their browsers firing-up automatically and linking to random hardcore porn sites.
  
The program, known as malware or scareware, appeared in early May and has lured in hundreds of victims. Online forums are awash with requests for help to get rid of the porn program.

Experts say MACDefender has been amazingly successful because of the skilful way its creators have managed to get such a high Google ranking by linking it to safe phrases like 'Mothers Day'.

Scareware programs appear to scan your machine for virus and security problems before asking for cash to fix them. But anyone clicking on them may end up losing money and having their computers seriously infected with nasties.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: "You search for something on Google Images, and when you click on an image you are taken to a webpage which serves up the attack - regardless of whether you are running Mac OS X or Windows.

"Although there is much less malware in existence for Mac OS X than there is for Windows, that's no reason to put your head in the sand and think that there are no Mac threats out there."

Malware targeted at Apple computers is much rarer than rogue software aimed at PCs. It is estimated that 100,000 new malware programs for PCs emerge every day.


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