[Fwd: ]a worm for macs?
- SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A malicious computer worm has been found that
targets Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X operating system, believed to be
the first such virus aimed specifically at the Mac platform.
The worm is called OSX/Leap-A, according to a posting on the Web site of
antivirus software company Sophos, which said the worm is spread via
instant messaging programs.
The worm attempts to spread via Apple's iChat instant messaging program,
which is compatible with America Online's popular AIM instant messaging
program, according to the Sophos Web site.
The worm sends itself to available contacts on the infected users' buddy
list in a file called "latestpics.tgz," according to the Sophos Web site.
The vast majority of malicious hacks are aimed at Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows operating system and some of its products, largely because
Microsoft has more than 90 percent of the market for computer operating
"This first Macintosh OS X threat is an example of the continuing spread
of malicious code on to other platforms," said Vincent Weafer, senior
director at Symantec Security Response, in a statement.
The worm will not automatically infect Mac computers, but will ask users
to accept the file, Weafer said.
Symantec ranked the new worm as a Level 1 threat (with 5 being the most
An Apple spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]