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Mac, PC Trojan spreads via Kawasaki Twitter feed

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu June 25, 2009

Mac Trojan hits Twitter

A Mac and PC Trojan is being perpetuated through Twitter, accounts say. Guy Kawasaki, a well-known venture capitalist, is said to have accidentally retweeted a link to a porn video, claiming to contain footage of Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester. Should users actually click the link, they are taken to a website asking to install a video codec; the file is in reality the OSX/Jahlav-C Trojan, or in the case of Windows users, TROJ_JAHLAV.B.

Kawasaki comments that the offending message originated with a NowPublic feed, which his Twitter account is set to automatically rebroadcast. The threat would be minimal except for the number of accounts following Kawasaki, which total over 139,000; a number of less popular Twitter users are also said to have accidentally retweeted the link.

Security firm Trend Micro notes that aside from previously-reported effects, the Trojans are known alter DNS tables, throwing off the connection between URLs and IPs.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    p***?

    So Guy Kawasaki accidentally surfs p***?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    what?

    There's 139,000 people who feel the need to keep up with the daily musings of Guy Kawasaki?

    Comment buried. Show
  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    Re: p***?

    If you read, you'd know it was a rebroadcast from another feed...

    Because I can't imagine there's too many people who even know who that woman is or watched the show she's on (I think it's on the CW network, but who knows), let alone would be desperate to see her naked.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Re: p***?

    If you read, you'd know it was a rebroadcast from another feed...

    Because I can't imagine there's too many people who even know who that woman is or watched the show she's on (I think it's on the CW network, but who knows), let alone would be desperate to see her naked.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    figures..


    ...since this targets Twitter twits, the danger makes sense, as catering to the least common intellectual denominator, these are the users most likely to fall for something like this.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Don't be phished

    At least it doesn't default to automatically downloading and installing the application, but jeeze, people, you CAN learn not to get phished by trojans.

  1. pastusza

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Oh no!

    What's the Internet coming to when it's not even safe to watch p*** on it. Might as well cut the cable...

  1. iBricking.com

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    OC

    Guy was probably deliberately targeted because of his past association with Macintosh specific mailing lists. I believe he was also a writer for Macworld. It would be easy for someone to look at his tweets to see he retweets something if they were looking for a way to spread a trojan. Especially if he used RT abbreviations or himself had become the victim of malware. Possibly could even be a victim of cyberstalking where they found and accessed his personal computer directly at his home or a laptop while traveling.

    In hindsight his public reputation, association with business networking(VC), and social networking make him a prime target for internet organized crime

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