Apple has reversed its position regarding the latest MacDefender malware outbreak and has published instructions on how customers can remove it. MacDefender is a phishing tool that tricks users into downloading “anti-virus” software that then attempts to collect their credit card information.
Earlier in the week, internal memos surfaced specifically instructing Apple Customer Service reps to neither “confirm or [sic]deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not”. The details for removal are available from the Apple Support website. Apple is also expected to release an update to OS X later in the week that finds and destroys all known variants of MacDefender and will warn users explicitly, should they try to download it again. [Apple Support via The Loop
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