A recently discovered piece of malware targeting Mac systems is a combination of two open-source programs, Malwarebytes security researchers warn. Detected as DarthMiner, the threat is distributed through an application called Adobe Zii, which supposedly helps in the piracy of various Adobe programs, but which in this case does nothing of the sort.
The fake application was designed to run a shell script that downloads and executes a Python script, and then downloads and runs an app named sample.app, which appears to be a version of Adobe Zii, most likely to hide the malicious activity.
Same goals, new tools: Lazarus Group is targeting cryptocurrency exchanges with macOS malware, a sign the nation-state group is developing attacks for a broader variety of platforms to achieve its goal of financial gain.
This is the first case in which Kaspersky Lab researchers spotted Lazarus Group using malware targeting macOS. It seems the group – believed to be out of North Korea – wants to ensure OS platforms don’t interfere with infecting targets, so it’s building malware for different operating systems. A version of the same malware tailored for Linux is reportedly in the works.
Read more about the new macOS malware used by Lazarus Group, which should serve as a wake-up call for users of non-Windows platforms according to researchers, on DarkReading.
Read Keir Thomas list 22 best tips for protecting your data and privacy on Apple’s Mac PCs and laptops on Mac World :
Maintaining privacy and keeping data secure is hugely important for any Mac user. Yet many of us give it scant attention and do little more than the bare minimum if anything at all to ensure that hackers, opportunists and, yes, even the authorities are able to access as little of our personal data as possible.
Most of us who don’t use Android smartphones use Apple products like iPhone and Mac PCs or laptops. While most Mac users still think that thier PCs and smartphones are malware and virus proof, there are some serious vulnerabilities like Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws. The flaws are rather technical bug it is important for you to know how you can protect yourself against the risks.
Here’s how these vulnerabilities affect your Apple devices and what you can so to keep them safe on Macworld.