OSX/Leap-A: Apple Mac OS X hit by first worm

OSX/Leap-A: Apple Mac OS X hit by first worm

Security experts have revealed that a worm has been discovered in the wild, which is specifically targeting the Apple Mac OS X platform. This would make it the first such virus/worm of its kind.

The worm has been named OSX/Leap-A and the security applications developer Sophos has claimed that the worm is spread via instant messaging programs. It is targeting the popular inbuilt chatting application Apple’s iChat instant messaging program to spread amongst Apple Mac OS X users.

Since the application is compatible with various others instant messaging networks, it makes it a potentially risky option to deal with. It also sends itself to available contacts on the infected users’ buddy list in a file called “latestpics.tgz” as per information available online.

Vincent Weafer, senior director at Symantec Security Response said in a statement on the discovery of this worm: “This first Macintosh OS X threat is an example of the continuing spread of malicious code on to other platforms.” Apple has yet not commented on this discovery.

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