Mac shoot-em-up zaps your files – but is it game over for common sense?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

There’s something of a brouhaha happening at the moment regarding a Mac OS X shoot-em-up arcade game called “Lose/Lose”.

The Galaga-like video game was first brought to my attention by Methusela Cebrian Ferrer over on the iThreats blog at the end of October (although it was being reported in the gaming press for at least a month before that).

Methusela advised users who saw the opening screen to immediately quit by pressing CMD+Q, before the game held true to its promise and began to delete your files.

Because that’s exactly what it does. While you’re having fun zapping aliens it (quite openly) deletes files from your Mac hard drive.

For us the choice was simple – the program was malicious (even if it did announce its…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.