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Equal opportunity nuisance: Latest Trojan affects Windows, Mac OS X

trojan-horseBe on the lookout for a new trojan, named trojan.osx.boonana.a, circulating the Web – particularly if you own a Mac and aren’t used to dodging security threats.

The message “Is this you in this video?” is showing up on Facebook and in e-mails and luring users into surrendering control of their computers. Click it, and you’ve began to download a program that is able to work around the password required of Mac users for installation.

It’s also important to note that it can’t affect your computer without warning: The obligatory notification will alert you that an applet is requesting access to your computer, to which you should choose “deny.” If you don’t, you’ve allowed complete access to your computer as well as personal accounts, where the virus will extend its reach further by spamming your contacts.

This virus isn’t the first of its kind, but the fact that it seems to be targeting Mac users is unusual. SecureMac reports that it is similar to many Microsoft-specific viruses, but that “they have not included cross-platform capabilities until now.”  SecureMac has provided information on how to uninstall the trojan for anyone who already fell victim to the virus, but for everyone else, it’s one more reminder to beware of sketchy links.

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