Security experts at Alien Vault have unearthed a couple of Trojans targeting Macs.
It looks like the old security flaw of pretending to be a legitimate Word or Excel document, then activating once the document is opened. This in turn opens up a ‘back door’ to allow all sorts of nastiness in and all sorts of loveliness out.
There goes all those juicy credit card details then…
In this case the trojans were programmed to open up communications with a server in China, and were discovered on Macs belonging to Tibetan NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations), prompting some discussion over the authors political motivations.
What is interesting here (probably only to geeks like me!) is that these Trojans were revealed to carry a multi platform delivery method aimed at both Mac and PCs, identifying the target machine and delivering the appropriate payload. This is interesting because it means that all the great virus stories of the last few years may well be relived in the Mac world.
Remember the “I Love You” virus and the Sasser worm?
Maybe you are not quite as sad as I am to remember!
I am firmly in the camp that PCs are much more secure than Macs ~ years of constant attacking has hardened most PCs. On the Mac front, they have been left untested in battle for years and are now seen as a soft target.
Mark my words – this is only going to get worse!
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