Many Apple computer users have fallen victim to a malicious program which is affecting Macs in disguise of security software.
The fake software, called the MACDefender or Mac Security, causes pornographic images to display on infected systems.
Apple’s forums have received hundreds of complaints, with customers requesting removal of the program.
The fake anti-virus software has been widely circulated and installed since its release in the beginning of this month.
The scareware appears high up on search engine results, thanks to its creators who have linked it to phrases such as “Mother’s Day”.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: “You search for something on Google Images, and when you click on an image you are taken to a webpage which serves up the attack – regardless of whether you are running Mac OS X or Windows.”
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