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Bitcoin Crime OS X Security The Almighty Buck

Mac OS X Bitcoin Stealing Trojan Horse Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered 108

Posted by timothy
from the willie-sutton-principle dept.
An anonymous reader writes "SecureMac.com has discovered a new trojan horse for Mac OS X called OSX/CoinThief.A, which spies on web traffic to steal Bitcoins. This malware has been found in the wild, along with numerous reports of stolen coins. The malware, which comes disguised as an app to send and receive payments on Bitcoin Stealth Addresses, instead covertly monitors all web traffic in order to steal login info for Bitcoin wallets."
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Mac OS X Bitcoin Stealing Trojan Horse Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered

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  • Re: unpossible! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dbIII (701233) on Monday February 10, 2014 @04:39AM (#46208421)
    It's a metaphor for a big horse full of soldiers that opened a gate and let other stuff in so I think the AC has a valid point and your personal "textbook definition" does not.
    Just call it malware instead of trying to correct their use of the metaphor.
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  • Re:unpossible! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rosyna (80334) on Monday February 10, 2014 @07:50AM (#46208877) Homepage

    To be fair, Apple does a hell of a lot to prevent user stupidity from installing Malware. Such as blacklisting known malware nearly immediately (as soon as Apple reverse engineers it, its signature is pushed out to ever mac user via a list that is updated every 24 hours).

    The sad thing is and a major security flaw of Apple's is that they create trust with third parties based on code signing. This allows code signed malware to skip the normal malware checks in Mac OS X. (It's super trivial to get multiple code signing certs from Apple and Apple doesn't verify code certs applications for individuals)

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."