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#39333 - 03/08/16 06:01 AM hacking macs
jaybass Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: toronto Canada
OS 10.6.8 Safari 5.1.10 Is there a way of checking your computer for the latest ransom infection before it you become aware of it, which I understand is about 3 days later? I did read something about a software that does just that...?
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#39335 - 03/08/16 08:00 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: jaybass]
MacManiac Offline

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Take a look HERE for the specifics.....

If you haven't installed the v2.90 release of the BitTorrent application, "Transmission" then you haven't been infected.

That corrupted installer was identified and pulled down from distribution before even 7,000 downloads had occurred....AND the certificate that it depends on for installation has been revoked by Apple.
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#39344 - 03/08/16 09:20 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: MacManiac]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
... and the newer versions of transmission will detect that malware and remove it automatically when you update. THAT was nicely done.
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#39363 - 03/09/16 06:07 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: MacManiac]
jaybass Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: toronto Canada
I am relieved to know I'm not infected.
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#39449 - 03/14/16 07:07 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: MacManiac]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: MacManiac
AND the certificate that it depends on for installation has been revoked by Apple.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that certificate only prevented gatekeeper from letting it install without complaint. Users that had disabled or dialed back gatekeeper's default settings from their most restrictive ("only allow signed apps") could still install it.
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#39474 - 03/14/16 10:12 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: Virtual1]
deniro Offline


Registered: 09/09/09
My assumption has been that BitTorrent is used mainly for dowloading software (and movies, I guess) illegally. Why take the risk? Buy the software.
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#39494 - 03/15/16 02:35 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: deniro]
Ira L Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Loc: California
BitTorrent can also be used for legitimate file transfers between computers. In the days before cloud services, it was more prevalent.
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#39502 - 03/15/16 07:25 AM Re: hacking macs [Re: deniro]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: deniro
My assumption has been that BitTorrent is used mainly for dowloading software (and movies, I guess) illegally. Why take the risk? Buy the software.

I recently used BT to download all six games in a Humble Bundle collection sale, available either via slow download link on their site, or download their torrent links and get them that way. Several gig of data. MUCH faster that way.

Companies are starting to realize the value of bittorrent, or at least P2P content distribution. (and hah... autocorrect wants to make that "bitterness")
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