I recall back in the 80s, when “computer virus” was a new term, “antivirus software” hadn’t been invented yet, nobody had coined the term “malware”, and Apple was still running incomprehensible TV ads.

It’s ironic: Apple computers were the predominant home computers when computer virii and malware were invented. And yet, the first malware kit for the MAC OS (or, more accurately, OS X), Weyland-Yutani BOT, was only released earlier this month. For obvious reasons, I’m not about to download it and play around, but preliminary reports indicate that this kit may have caused a significant increase in OS X malware. And supposedly, kits for iPad and Linux are just around the corner.

To be honest, I find the iPad more disturbing. An increased awareness of mobile OSes in the black hat community can only mean more malware for those platforms. Various experts have been predicting widespread malware in mobile devices like phones and tablets for some time now. With the release of Weyland-Yutani BOT, we’re that much closer. The exact development cycle for such kits is hard to pin down, but a spike in mobile device malware is likely in the very near future. If you haven’t already, now would probably be a good time to look at anti-malware for all of your computing devices – Weyland-Yutani BOT is just the beginning.

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  1. Peter Hesse says:

    Well remember, the first virus ever discovered in the wild was the Elk Cloner virus for Apple II systems… Everything old is new again 🙂

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