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IM virus hits Apple OS X

by Nikola Strahija on February 16th, 2006 Leap-A is the first ever virus to attack Apple's Mac OS X software.

The virus spreads through Apple's iChat IM service, forwarding itself as a file called "latestpics.tgz". Clicking on the file allows the malware to install and disguise itself as a harmless-seeming Jpeg icon.

Security experts think that the virus was initially written as a proof of concept, to show Mac users that OS X is as vulnerable as any other system.

Some of the Apple Mac users said that Leap-A was not a real virus, because users had to click on the attachment to become infected, but we PC users know better.

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