The PC-loyal have had their fair share of viruses, to which Microsoft has released a plethora of antiviral armor and updates. Apple Computer's Mac users, on the other hand, have touted their reassuringly expensive kit as being free from such palaver. That may change now, though.
U.K.-based antivirus company Sophos has reportedly spotted the first virus prowling the web which targets the Mac OS X operating system platform. A Web site devoted to Mac rumors said it all started on its own site on Feb. 13, when an unknown user posted a linked file called latestpics.tgz on its forum, purporting to be screenshots of the latest Leopard Mac OS X 10.5. When decompressed, the file reportedly appeared as a JPEG icon, but was in fact an executable file in disguise.