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Mac ThiefQuest malware may not be ransomware after all

Editor’s note: The original name for the malware, EvilQuest, has been changed due to a legitimate game of the same name from 2012. The new name, ThiefQuest, is also more fitting for our updated understanding of the malware. The ThiefQuest malware, which was discovered last week, may not actually be ransomware according to new findings. The behaviors
Publish At:2020-07-07 14:23 | Read:224 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mac Apple decryption mac mac antivirus mac malware mac ranso

New Mac ransomware spreading through piracy

A Twitter user going by the handle @beatsballert messaged me yesterday after learning of an apparently malicious Little Snitch installer available for download on a Russian forum dedicated to sharing torrent links. A post offered a torrent download for Little Snitch, and was soon followed by a number of comments that the download included malware. RUTrack
Publish At:2020-06-30 12:31 | Read:132 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mac Malwarebytes news Ableton Ableton Live encrypt Findzip F

Mac threat detections on the rise in 2019

Conventional wisdom has been that, although not invulnerable to cyberthreats (as some old Apple ads would have you believe), Macs are afflicted with considerably fewer infections than Windows PCs. However, when reviewing our 2019 Mac detection telemetry, we noticed a startling upward trend. Indeed, the times, they are a-changin’. To get a sense of h
Publish At:2019-12-16 16:50 | Read:954 | Comments:0 | Tags:Mac browser extensions Mac adware mac malware mac telemetry

Mac Backdoor Linked to Lazarus Targets Korean Users

By Gabrielle Joyce Mabutas Criminal interest in MacOS continues to grow, with malware authors churning out more threats that target users of the popular OS. Case in point: A new variant of a Mac backdoor (detected by Trend Micro as Backdoor.MacOS.NUKESPED.A) attributed to the cybercriminal group Lazarus, which was observed targeting Korean users with a macro
Publish At:2019-11-20 14:35 | Read:1281 | Comments:0 | Tags:Malware Targeted Attacks Lazarus mac backdoor mac malware

Expert developed a Mac malware that lies in wait for user to start video apps

Mac malware could spy on users by piggybacking on webcam sessions started by legitimate applications such as FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. Security experts are worried about the presence of a new Mac malware in the wild that attempt to record video via the built-in webcam. The principal problem for this family of spyware is that they are not able to t
Publish At:2016-10-06 14:10 | Read:4141 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Malware camera Mac Mac malware malware

What you need to know about the new KeRanger Ransomware.

  Palo Alto Networks recently discovered ransomware hidden inside of the torrenting app ‘Transmission’. While this may come as a shock to those that still believe the Mac is a fortress that can’t be broken, the rest of us are not shocked at all. In fact, a few months back I wrote a blog warning Mac users not to dismiss Mac malware. It
Publish At:2016-03-08 06:15 | Read:5432 | Comments:0 | Tags:Threat Research encrypting ransomware Keranger mac mac malwa

Is 2015 the Year of Mac Malware?

Lots of blogs, articles and posts have been circulating recently about the increase in mac malware, mostly due to the publishing of Bit9’s report. I think it is wise to clarify what is really happening in the world of malware for Macs. Yes, there has been an increase in malware but what category do they fall under? What the consumers should be aware of
Publish At:2015-11-13 05:45 | Read:3889 | Comments:0 | Tags:Threat Research Apple mac malware

Writing Advanced OS X Malware an ‘Elegant’ Solution to Improving Detection

Patrick Wardle has one word for today’s generation of Mac OS X malware: lame.Sure there are advanced samples out there developed by nation-state sponsored groups or exploit vendors such as Hacking Team, but for the most part, Wardle says, we’re still talking about malware that are standalone binaries that are easily detectable and remind him of 1
Publish At:2015-07-31 07:40 | Read:2696 | Comments:0 | Tags:Apple Black Hat Malware Vulnerabilities Web Security apple a

FireEye and OS X Support

Today, we announced support for OS X in our flagship NX product. This means we now have virtual image capabilities for Macs in an enterprise environment. This is important for several reasons: Mac’s footprint inside the enterprise is growing. Today, 21 percent of information workers are using one or more Apple products and a 52 percent projected increase in
Publish At:2014-10-07 13:11 | Read:3443 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Perspective Technology apple malware apple security

Cyber Espionage Group Ported Windows Malware to Mac

Till now we have seen a series of different malware targeting Windows operating system and not Mac, thanks to Apple in way it safeguard its devices’ security. But with time, cyber criminals and malware authors have found ways to exploit Mac as well.GROUP BEHIND THE MAC VERSION OF BACKDOORResearchers have unmasked a group of cyber criminals that has rec
Publish At:2014-09-06 02:50 | Read:3827 | Comments:0 | Tags:Chinese Hackers cyber espionage hacking news Mac Malware Mac

Forced to Adapt: XSLCmd Backdoor Now on OS X

Introduction FireEye Labs recently discovered a previously unknown variant of the APT backdoor XSLCmd – OSX.XSLCmd – which is designed to compromise Apple OS X systems. This backdoor shares a significant portion of its code with the Windows-based version of the XSLCmd backdoor that has been around since at least 2009. This discovery, along with other indust
Publish At:2014-09-05 04:10 | Read:4272 | Comments:0 | Tags:Advanced Malware Threat Research apple malware mac APT mac m

Apple OS X: Security Through Obscurity is becoming an Absurdity

Today’s blog on a new Mac malware is a reminder that attackers go where the money is. Apple usage within the enterprise is growing rapidly, with 52 percent of newly issued computers being Macs according to Forrester. Forrester also highlights that executives and manager level employees often the prime targets of advanced attackers ­ represent 41 percent of e
Publish At:2014-09-05 04:10 | Read:2985 | Comments:0 | Tags:Advanced Threat Trends Security Perspective mac hacking mac

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