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'Kissing couple' Trojan sent to slurp fanbois' data... Syrian Electronic Army fingered

A “low risk” Mac Trojan seemingly linked to the Syrian Electronic Army has surfaced on the web. The Mac-specific Trojan comes disguised as a picture of a kissing couple. If opened, it creates a back door on compromised Apple computers. "This appears to be a targeted attack, though the method of delivery is not yet known," a …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2013
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Adware-flinging Yontoo yahoos target Mac users: You like trailers, right fanboi?

Miscreants are coining it by infecting fanbois beloved Apple boxes with a well-known ad-injecting Trojan previously only found on Windows machines. Trojan.Yontoo.1, the specially crafted Mac OS X version, penetrates computers running OS X by offering what purports to be a browser plugin necessary to view content, but is …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2013
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Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack

Microsoft appears to be the latest big tech firm to have been hit by cyber attackers targeting Macs with a zero-day Java vulnerability, following a sophisticated campaign which has already infected developers at Facebook and Apple. In a blog post published late last Friday, Microsoft’s GM of Trustworthy Computing Security, …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Feb 2013
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Asian political activists whacked in Mac backdoor hack attack

A security hole in Microsoft Office for Mac OS X is being exploited to hack and spy on Asian activists at odds with the Chinese government. In the past few days, spear-phishing emails - highly targeted booby-trapped messages - were sent to Apple users in the Uyghur community, which is an ethnic group of people mostly (but not …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2013
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Chancers try to flog lame Mac malware for $60 a pop

Cybercrooks are attempting to obtain few bucks for a lame piece of Mac malware, dubbed NetWeird. NetWeird (AKA NetWeirdRC) has been offered for sale for the princely sum of $60 through underground cyber-crime forums, according to Mac security specialist Intego. The cross-platform malware potentially affects OS X (versions 10.6 …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2012
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Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

Miscreants have developed a sophisticated multi-platform attack dog designed to maul Windows and Mac OS X computers. The malware comes bundled in an Java Archive file which pretends to be Adobe Flash Player, named AdobeFlashPlayer.jar. Inside the malicious archive is a .class file named WebEnhancer, and two files named win and …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2012
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550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world

The Mac-specific Flashback Trojan created a zombie army of 550,000 Mac machines by exploiting a Java hole that Apple only patched on Tuesday, six weeks after Microsoft plugged it up on Windows machines. This is according to Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web, which arrived at the figure after it successfully managed to sinkhole …
John Leyden, 5 Apr 2012
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Mac Java hole exploited by wild Flashback Trojan strain

Security watchers have discovered a strain of Mac-specific malware that exploits an unpatched vulnerability in Java. A variant of the Flashback Trojan exploiting CVE-2012-0507 (a Java vulnerability) has been spotted in the wild, F-Secure warns. Oracle patched the vulnerability for Windows machines in February but is yet to …
John Leyden, 2 Apr 2012
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Tibetan activists' Macs targeted using trojan-laden MS Office files

A string of booby-trapped Microsoft Office files that plant malware in Apple Macs via rarely abused vulnerabilities have been detected in the wild. The malicious documents were uncovered in a run of spam messages sent by pro-Chinese hackers to Tibetan activists, security tools biz AlienVault reports. It said the assault was …
John Leyden, 2 Apr 2012
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Trojan targets Mac's built-in security defences

Malware coders have created a Mac-specific Trojan that is designed to attack anti-malware defences built into Apple's Mac OS X operating system. The Flashback.C trojan disables the automatic update component of XProtect, OS X's anti-malware application, net security firm F-Secure reports. By wiping out files, the malware …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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Mac malware uses Windows-style PDF camouflage ruse

Mac malware creators are adopting Windows malware camouflage trickery in a bid to trick users into running their malicious creations. Boobytrapped PDF files have long been a problem for Windows users. The OSX/Revir-B Trojan reapplies this approach towards Mac fans, who may be less familiar with the ruse. The malware payload …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2011
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Peeping Tom Mac spyware suspect cuffed

A PC repair technician has been charged with planting spyware on the machines of clients as part of a ruse designed to capture pictures of them in various states of undress. Trevor Harwell, 20, a former Mac specialist at Los Angeles-area home computer repair outfit Rezitech, allegedly surreptitiously planted a package called …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2011
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Windows malware dominates Mac malware detection chart

Malicious files that use the the scripting capability of Microsoft Media Player to infect Windows machines have emerged as the main threat detected on the machines of Apple users who have taken advantage of Sophos' recent offer of a freebie anti-malware scanner application. The Windows-specific threat - identified by Sophos as …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2010

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