New Mac Malware discovered

By VARINDIA - 2012-07-27

New Mac Malware discovered

SophosLabs experts have discovered Trojan hidden inside multi-platform Java attack designed to hit both Windows and OS X users. Just hours before the release of Mountain Lion, the latest version of the OS X operating system, a new malware has been discovered highlighting the need for Apple Mac users to protect their computers with anti-virus software.

 

Sophos researchers have discovered that the new Morcut Mac OS X malware, also known as "Crisis", has been distributed as part of a multi-platform attack, designed to hit both Windows and Mac users - embedded in an archive file which pretends to be Adobe Flash Player. The threat runs on an OS X system drops multiple components, reconfigures system settings and installs a backdoor and root kit combination that connects to a remote server and waits for instructions from malicious hackers. When run on Windows systems, a version of the Swizzor malware is installed instead.

 

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos, said, "Analysis of this malware is ongoing, but Mac users are protected right now if they are running a good, up-to-date anti-virus. The good news is that this threat has not been seen in the wild so far, but we are seeing increasing evidence of cybercriminals exploiting the fact that many Mac users have still not got the message that they need to protect their computers. There is much less malware for Macs than there is for Windows, but that doesn't mean its non-existent. If Mac users are too laid-back about security and leave their bellies exposed, they are asking for trouble."

 


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