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It seems like we cannot go a week without hearing about a new virus or malware coming along for Mac users. This week we have the shiny new Backdoor.OSX.SabPub.a (or SabPub for short) to deal with. Much like the world-renowned Flashback Trojan, SabPub uses a Java exploit to get inside a user’s system and do all kinds of malicious things.

This Trojan’s main purpose is to get into the user’s system, connect to a remote website and then wait for instructions. It seems the most common use is for taking screenshots, which could lead to private information being stolen if you have such things open on your screen.

SabPub infects systems specifically through targeted attacks, so the risk of it becoming a widespread problem like Flashback are much lower, but it is still something you most certainly want to keep your eye on. There are currently two strains of the virus in the wild, and one has been around since as early as February.

One way you may be attacked is through a Word document using the CVE-2009-0563 exploit through Office on Mac. If you are opening Word documents, be careful, and make sure you know the source of the document.

Apple has not issued a statement at this time, but we can assume they are working on a fix, much like they did with the Flashback Trojan.

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Source: Cnet

  1. Gloria
    May 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Alex,To my mind, you've got some of this right but missed some key bits. First, the lreaibl arts were pitched to free people, but only incidentally to the rich . The idea was that, to go to school , a word stemming from the greek word for leisure , you had to have presciesly that, time not to be working in the fields, time not to be scratching a living. School, leisure, requires, therefore, as a necessary but not sufficient, condition, some material resources. So a general and lreaibl (in the sense of freeing or liberating education for free people) was not pitched to the rich in so far as they were rich but in so far as they had time. Second, while sure, the lreaibl arts have been about skills (the trivium and quadrivium back in the day, critical thinking , etc now), I've always thought the lreaibl arts were primarily about sense making . Offering up the various narratives and arguments which have shaped, i.e. made sense of, our worlds and ourselves (for better or worse), and giving students the tools to assess them, the lreaibl arts have, at their best, invited students to make sense of the world and themselves for themselves . . . something that doesn't end with a BA but which, one hopes, becomes a life-time engagement in the search for a purposeful life. Can this be measured? Perhaps. Should it be? I, for one, would be most careful in devising such measures.Thanks for the thoughts in the morning. They're a good start to my day.

  2. pceasies
    April 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Maybe finally I'll stop hearing about how Macs are virus free. . .

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