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"Unfortunately, many Mac users seem oblivious to security threats which can run on their computers. And that isn't helped when Apple issues an anti-malware security update like this by stealth, rather than informing the public what it has done," Clulely writes. "You have to wonder whether their keeping quiet about an anti-malware security update like this was for marketing reasons. "Shh! Don't tell folks that we have to protect against malware on Mac OS X!" [news.cnet.com...]
The malware goes by the name HellRTS, Mills says.
Here's PC World's take:If Sophos' claims are correct, Apple wouldn't be the first OS maker to keep some security fixes secret. Microsoft officials in May admitted that they don't report all the security shortcomings in their software. Redmond's non-disclosure of patches was revealed by Core Security Technologies, which discovered three undocumented fixes in recent Microsoft software upgrades.
Interestingly, if you go to Sophos' website and look at their security product for Mac, you can "try it for free" but they will not tell you what the software costs. Odd.
I wish there was someone other that people trying to sell something (not that selling something is bad) talking about this. Cnet posted some code on their page showing what Apple had added, so I suppose this is Sophos saying "Told you so."