"Hey Dimwitt here's a pcworld article about russian hackers targeting Macs. http://tiny.cc/dL4Yi."
Keizer's source is Graham Cluley, who quotes Paul Ducklin, who in turn offers a pointer to the source of all this chatter: a presentation at last week's Virus Bulletin conference in Geneva by Dmitry Samosseiko, a Russian-born researcher for Sophos, the U.K.-based security software vendor.
Samosseiko's paper, "The Partnerka -- what is it, and why should you care?," is available for free as a pdf. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the hundreds of well-organized affiliate networks -- known in Russian as "partnerkas" -- that traffic, in Samosseiko's words, in "fake watches, fake anti-virus software, fake pills and fake love" for commissions that generate thousands of dollars a day for "webmasters" all around the world.
The six-page paper contains exactly one paragraph about the Mac:
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