By Brian Prince
In a talk about the threats posed by Russian malware affiliate networks,
a Sophos security researcher reveals an operation offering people 43
cents per Apple Mac they infected. Affiliate networks can generate
serious profits pushing scareware online.
New research from Sophos underscores a growing interest in the Mac among
In a presentation at Virus Bulletin's VB Conference, in Geneva, Sophos
Labs researcher Dmitry Samosseiko revealed a malware affiliate network
offering 43 cents per infected Mac computer. The offer was the work of a
larger network of Russian spammers, malware authors and businesspeople
pushing everything from phony watches to medications --lan liance he
called the "Partnerka."
This goes to show that Apple Macs, which are targeted far less than
Microsoft Windows PCs, are not without security threats.
"Mac users are not immune to the scareware threat," Samosseiko wrote in
a paper released at the conference. "In fact, there are
'codec-partnerka' dedicated to the sale and promotion of fake Mac
software. One of the recent examples is Mac-codec.com... he site is no
longer available, but just a few months ago it was offering $0.43 for
each install and offered various promo materials in the form of MacOS
Did a friend send you this? From now on, be the
first to find out! Subscribe to InfoSec News