Apple Releases Update For Mac Defender – Can Now Quarintine
The MAC Defender malware and inaction on Apple’s part to clean up the mess has finally been fixed. Apple released a Security Update today which adds malware detection and removal for the “MAC Defender” malware. Using the malware list Apple has been keeping since 2009, the update adds a tool to Snow Leopard that removes malware (based on the list).
There is a new simple File Quarintine feature added to OS X when Snow Leopard first came out. It examines external files downloaded within quarantine-aware applications (such as Mail, iChat, Safari, etc.) and warns users of downloads that match the malware definitions. Another thing that was added was a daily malware definitions check with the security update will make future malware attacks less of a PR nightmare.
The security update is available for download on Apple’s download page and as an automatic update for those of you who are interested. Does this news give some of you a sigh of relief? Let us know in the comments below! As usual, stay tuned for more tech news and info by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or subscribing to our RSS feed.