The recent malware attacks were affecting a huge number of Mac users, but thankfully the issue was resolved. However, there is no time to feel complacent, as the Mac Defender threat for OS X Lion is set to get significantly worse, as those who created the recent issues have been biding their time. We cannot say for sure if and when it will happen, but it could be soon, since Apple has only just released their new OS.
Apple are already working round the clock to come up with the first update for Lion, as there have been a few technical issues, so now would be the perfect time to cause a bit of confusion for Mac users and the Apple team behind the operating system. It is Ed Bott from ZDNet who is convinced of this, and he has seen the evidence that it will be worse.
Ask any Mac user and they would say that they would never come under such attack again, but they thought they would not the first time round either. We are always being told that you do not need to add any third-party security software to Mac, as it is safe enough. While that was true a few years ago, we cannot say the same now.
The people behind Mac Defender and other malware programs target things with a big reach, and now that Apple has managed to make Mac a great success it is only a matter of time before there is another attack. Now is the time to be vigilant, because it could already be out there, and we have yet to see it.
Mac Defender certainly kept Apple on their toes, because the moment Apple released updated signatures the attackers where ready to attack OS X again. The attacks were simple, as they were the first of their kind for Mac, the next ones will not be as easy going. Now that they know how to write them Lion will not fare so well. It is a horrible thought to know that Mac Defender 2 could be lurking in the recess of someone’s computer waiting for the go ahead to unleash havoc to the world — well those with a Mac anyway.
Remember, no matter how careful you think you are, these guys seem to have a way to booby trap you. All you need do is take your eye of the ball for a moment and bang they have you. We would suggest that you be extra vigilant, not just for now but always.