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New OS X trojan monitors Web activity to steal BitCoins

Security research site SecureMac has discovered a new trojan horse that is targeted for OS X systems, and which spies on internet traffic use to steal Bitcoins.

The trojan, called OS X/CoinThief.A, is disguised as a standard OS X application called StealthBit, which was recently uploaded to GitHub. While advertised as a legitimate project for receiving Bitcoin payments on Bitcoin Stealth Addresses (a key encryption routine for securing a bitcoin transfer), the StealthBit instead was a guise to install malicious tracker software on unsuspecting Mac users.

The project page on GitHub included source code along with precompiled binaries … Read more

Review: Osx Utilities offers access to two hidden Mac functions through a menu bar icon

Osx Utilities for Mac provides a quick way to access hidden files across your system by placing a handy icon on the Mac menu bar. It's an extremely basic app and it's easy to use, with no options to configure. Though there isn't much in the way of clutter, the drop-down menu could be more streamlined.

After the installation, you will find Osx Utilities for Mac on your menu bar. Clicking on it, regardless of the mouse button used, yields the same result: a menu drops down where you can toggle hidden files and the user library … Read more

Apple's Mavericks already on 5.5 percent of Macs, firm says

Apple's OS X Mavericks update, which was released for free on Tuesday, is already installed on 5.5 percent of all Macs and rising quickly.

That's according to advertising network Chitika, which says the OS is seeing three times the adoption of last year's OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" update during the same first 24-hour period.

One simple reason for that? The software update, which Apple says brings more than 200 new features to Macs, was given out for free. That's a first for Apple, which charged existing Mac owners $20 for last … Read more

Review: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Pros:

Free: Mac OS updates are typically a paid upgrade, but Apple has finally embraced the free distribution model, including a bunch of new app updates to boot.

Tabs and Tags: As users are now naturally used to browsing and managing the Web with tabbed interfaces, one is left to wonder why first-party developers never incorporated this into the native OS sooner. You can now browse your directories with similar Safari-like prowess. Mavericks also brings the ability to add tags to each file. Users can now label each file with a tag and color for quick indexed search.

Notifications: You … Read more

New OS X Trojan found and blocked by Apple's XProtect

Security company Intego recently found a new malware package for OS X, called OSX/Leverage.A, which appears to be yet another targeted command-and-control Trojan horse, this time with apparent associations with the Syrian Electronic Army; however, Apple has blocked its ability to run with an XProtect update only days after its discovery.

The Trojan horse is distributed as an application disguised as a picture of two people kissing, presumably a scene from the television show "Leverage," hence the name of the Trojan.

When the Trojan's installer is opened, it will open an embedded version of the … Read more

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 update arrives

After nearly three months of beta testing with developers, Apple has rolled out another update to its desktop operating system.

OS X 10.8.5, which went out as a free update on Thursday, brings a handful of bug fixes and security patches. Key among them is a fix for a bug in Apple's mail software that would keep the program from displaying messages, the company said in its change log, pasted below:

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of … Read more

Review: Minecraft for Mac mines out your time and sleep

Minecraft for Mac is a time-sucking, mind-bending, and sleep-depriving experience. It hits the right tune on the subject of creation: it really does provide building blocks for your imagination.

Minecraft has no real direction, anchoring plot, or specific guidelines. Players are dropped into a world with only the ability to carve out resources from the surrounding land.

The game's outdated graphics won't really distract you from the game's core focus on building. Soon you'll find out that as it gets dark, lounging around with a pickaxe probably won't do you any good against the pixelated … Read more

Review: Plasma Tunnel Screensaver creates a customized plasma tunnel effect

As a screensaver, Plasma Tunnel Screensaver for Mac works well and is quite unique, but its design and operation are very one dimensional. The animation follows a tube with different colors, but does not add any different areas of movements or additional effects. The user can customize the colors, though.

The program installs directly onto the screensaver area of the Mac and comes with a README file. Opening the System Preferences menu lets the user select the Plasma Tunnel Screensaver for Mac as the default screensaver. Either allowing it to activate or starting the preview brings up a first-person camera … Read more

Twitter users go gaga over OS X Mavericks and iOS 7

Apple can still put on a show -- at least according to your tweets. The Twittersphere erupted in utter elation over the unveiling of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 during Apple's keynote address at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

During the two-hour keynote, a majority of Twitter users tweeted in excitement around Apple's latest Mac operating system and its radically redesigned mobile OS, according to data provided to CNET by social-media management startup HootSuite. For both OS X and iOS 7, more than 90 percent of tweets registered on the positive side of the spectrum, the firm … Read more

Features and fixes I want to see in Mac OS X 10.9

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference starts on Monday, and while the main focus appears to be on updates to iOS (read my iOS 7 wish list here) and various Mac hardware, it's highly likely we'll get an update for Mac OS X 10.9 as well. At this point, we don't know what will be announced and we don't even know which "cat" will be associated with the release. Even the picture above (a giant banner currently displayed at Moscone Center) is suspiciously free of any cats at all, so it's hard … Read more