Pro Hackers Take Bite At Apple

'Zlob gang' launches malware Mac attacks
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2007 10:57 PM CST
The new Apple iMac sits on display at Apple headquarters, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 in Cupertino, Calif. Apple Inc. Computer security experts say there has been a huge increase in hacker attacks on Apple...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Apple computer users are being threatened by malicious hackers, according to computer security experts. The Financial Times reports security researchers have discovered an increase in the number of malicious programs in recent months that are specifically designed to attack Apple computers. The threat puts a question mark on Apple's reputation for safety.

The attacks against Macs appear to be the work of a single gang of professional hackers known as the "Zlob gang," and don't target security holes; instead, they're designed to trick users into installing the malware.  "Over the past two years, we have found one or two pieces of malware targeting Macs," said Patrik Runald, a researcher for the security firm F-Secure. "Since October, we've found 100-150."