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12 Apr, 2004

Two days ago, I reported Mac is not virus-free. Although I did used the word concept, a number of users did not pay much attention on that word.

This seems to have been just a clever ploy to sell copies of VirusBarrier and to be blown out of proportion.

According to MacMerc

The Trojan horse, named MP3Concept (MP3Virus.Gen), would exploit a weakness in Mac OS X where applications can appear to be other types of files. The code would be encapsulated in the ID3 tag of an MP3 file but in reality would be a hidden application that could run on any Mac running Mac OS X.

This seems to have been just a clever ploy to sell copies of VirusBarrier, but if any reader has actually found a Mac infected with this Trojan, please comment below.

    Intego claims this Trojan horse has the potential to do any of the following:
  • Delete all of a user's personal files
  • Send an e-mail message containing a copy of itself to other users
  • Infect other MP3, JPEG, GIF or QuickTime files

But as rightly points out, "This alert seems to be blown out of proportion. The only working code seems to be just a CONCEPT trojan for Mac OS X (especially since "concept" appears in the trojan's name). A Google groups thread has an actual working trojan that does not harm your computer, but just illustrates the 'vulnerability'."

> Our discussion: OS X flaw may leave Macs open to viruses.

Posted by Antony at April 12, 2004 1:17 AM
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