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macOS 11.2 will stop Apple’s apps from circumventing third-party firewalls and VPNs

David Balaban
David Balaban

Mac cryptominer uses offbeat anti-analysis tricks to stay undetected

Analysts at cybersecurity firm SentinelOne have recently shed light on a long-running macOS cryptomining malware strain codenamed OSAMiner. These would have been garden-variety findings if it weren’t for the fact that the infection has been playing a hide-and-seek game with researchers since around 2015. Its uniqueness stems from the use of what’s called run-only AppleScript files to download and execute the dodgy components.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Remove Search Marquis virus from Mac

The “nobleman” theme continues to be the trend in the cybercrime ecosystem that exploits Mac computers via a massive web traffic redistribution scheme. The Search Baron browser hijacker, which splashed onto the scene in July 2019, has been superseded by Search Marquis culprit. Both act in a similar fashion, forwarding the victims to Bing in the long run. Here’s a full security report on this brand new infection.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Apple enforces new rigid app privacy requirements

Apple has made a bold move to pull the plug on app makers’ privacy foul play. The new rules now in effect require that every developer provides a clear-cut summary of what types of data their products collect. This is expected to raise users’ awareness of the potential privacy roadblocks they may hit down the road when using a particular application.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Unencrypted Gatekeeper data puts Mac users’ privacy at risk

Apple’s terrific track record of keeping macOS safe from malicious apps is a double-edged sword. Recent findings of security enthusiasts about a Gatekeeper quirk demonstrate that the trade-off between security and privacy is a nontrivial one. Before elaborating on this issue further, let’s recall what this feature is intended to do in the first place. When a user tries to run an app, it checks the code against a database of known-harmful software.

David Balaban
David Balaban

How to change default search engine on Mac

With the emergence of search engines back in the 1990s, the World Wide Web got arguably the most significant boost of all time. Nowadays, billions of searches are being processed by Google every single day, let alone the statistics for popular competing services. This digital area is thriving and users have the freedom to use the provider they prefer. All it takes is a little bit of settings tweaking in a web browser.

David Balaban
David Balaban