First Apple Virus?

Just read an article from Times Online about the first virus to attack the Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, it’s called the Leap-A, or Oompa Loompa virus.

The Leap-A, or Oompa Loompa, virus is a potentially malicious program that is disguised as a simple image file. Experts are worried that its discovery will prompt hackers to mount the first serious campaign againt Apple users.

The news is a blow to Apple?s reputation for security and to users of its Macintosh computers, which have long been regarded as far less vulnerable to virus attacks than PCs.

“Some owners of Mac computers have held the belief that Mac OS X is incapable of harbouring computer viruses, but Leap-A will leave them shellshocked,” Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, the web security firm, said.

I always thought it was funny how adament Apple users are about no spyware and no viruses, etc, I always thought that they were asking for trouble bragging about it so much.

The Leap-A worm spreads through Apple?s iChat instant messaging service, which is compatible with America Online?s popular AIM instant messaging program.

It is not considered a serious threat ? partly because Mac users have to activate it by clicking on a file ? but it can still disrupt the running of machines by stalling infected applications.

Sophos said that the program forwards itself to as a file called “latestpics.tgz” to contacts on the infected users’ contacts list. The file then disguises its contents with a JPEG graphic icon in a move designed to fool people into thinking it is harmless.

It may not be too deadly now, but it’s a start, and if Apple’s market share keep’s growing, it is bound to get worse.