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New Version of the MaControl Trojan Spotted In the Wild 77

Posted by timothy
from the little-beady-coyote-eyes dept.
EliSowash writes "A new version of the MaControl malware has been reported in the wild. More information on the malware, its behavior, and the attack campaign is available from Kaspersky Labs, who discovered this variant. As more malware authors become motivated to attack OS X it is likely that we will continue to see targeted attacks such as this in the future. Just like with PC malware, a combination of exploits and social engineering tricks are generally the most effective; it won't be surprising to see a spike in such attacks soon."
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New Version of the MaControl Trojan Spotted In the Wild

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  • Re:Obviously bogus (Score:5, Informative)

    by Shavano (2541114) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @07:09PM (#40558365)
    MacControl isn't a virus. It's a Trojan and Macs are just as vulnerable as Windows PCs or Linux PCs for that matter because users can bypass any OS security.
  • Re:Obviously bogus (Score:5, Informative)

    by DJRumpy (1345787) on Thursday July 05, 2012 @07:15PM (#40558407)

    Well considering this can't self-replciate, and you must be duped into opening the zip, then launching the attachment, your statement is true in the scope of this malware. It's a trojan, not a virus.

    This is about as nefarious as me sending a batch file to you saying 'run this safe file'.

    It is pure social engineering, and has nothing to do with the OS security, other than it targets a Mac. Rather poor social engineering at that, as the message itself appears to be gibberish, with an attachment. The least they could have done is put something that even remotely interested the user into opening the attachment, rather than a random string of alpha characters.

  • Re:Think Different (Score:4, Informative)

    by macs4all (973270) on Friday July 06, 2012 @01:01AM (#40560483)

    Apple is completely unprepared for the shit storm that is to follow.

    You're right, of course. Apple is completely unprepared [].

    And keep in mind that those features are already installed in an OS that has a spotless track record as far as self-replicating malware (worms and true viruses, rather than stupid-ass Trojans).

    So yeah, Apple is just sitting there with their proverbial pants down, waiting for insertion...

    Clueless moron.

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