“Eicar” is the acronym for the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research. It’s a group that investigates malware and security issues, and maintains an anti-malware test file for testing various antivirus utilities. The testfile is a simple text file called “eicar.com” that contains the following ASCII string, which when saved and scanned with antivirus utilities, should show a positive result for malware:
When Apple updates its XProtect anti-malware system in OS X with new definitions, it often means a new or updated threat has been found for OS X.
Earlier this morning, Apple issued an update to XProtect, which now includes a new definition for a malware package called “OSX.eicar.com.i,” that comes from Eicar.com. This update suggests the new definitions are for a novel malware package, but this is not so with this latest update.
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