Leap-A malware

Macworld Podcast episode 29

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Although Windows users are often exposed viruses, worms, and other assorted malware, OS X users have been largely free of such headaches. However, last week, a piece of malware known as Leap-A, came to light. The potentially malicious program comes disguised as an image file—after expanding the compressed archive and double-clicking it, Leap-A launches and installs itself on your system.

Macworld Senior Editor Rob Griffiths spent a tremendous amount of time last week getting to the bottom of Leap-A; I spoke to him about what Mac users should know about this malware, how to protect themselves from getting it, and what to do if they’ve inadvertently installed it.

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Show notes

• Rob put together a Leap-A FAQ that provides answers to many of the commonly asked questions about this piece of malware. He and frequent Macworld contributor Kirk McElhearn also spent time testing Leap-A to gauge how serious a threat it actually poses.

Derik DeLong points out that Leap-A is not the first piece of malware to be released for Mac OS X.

•In this podcast Rob mentions a new Safari exploit—you can get the details on it here.

•In non-malware news, I mention Apple’s latest press event, scheduled for February 28. Macworld will be providing live coverage, and, of course, a podcast following the event.

Music credits

“Basic” by Epicte the Elemental. Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him at epicte [at] gmail [dot] com.

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