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MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users 187

Trailrunner7 writes "Welcome to the age of targeted attacks, Mac users. Perhaps having grown tired of owning Windows machines around the world for the last few years, attackers have now taken up the challenge of going after Macs with the same kind of targeted attack tactics that have served them so well in the Windows world. Researchers have found a new attack that employs two separate pieces of malware, a malicious Word document and some techniques for maintaining persistence on compromised machines, and the campaign is specifically targeted at Mac users. The command-and-control domain involved in the attack is located in China and the attack exploits a three-year-old vulnerability in the way that Office for Mac handles certain Word files, according to researchers at AlienVault, who discovered and analyzed the attacks."
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MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users

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  • by hessian ( 467078 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @06:32PM (#39502107) Homepage Journal

    It's gone mainstream. Now that it has viruses, it's like the Miley Cyrus of computing.

    Time to find something more obscure. OpenVMS on an Atom system with a retro GEOS interface. That's the ticket.

    I used to like Apple before it was mainstream, but now I've moved on. Just like with White Ring and fixies.

  • by Centurix ( 249778 ) <centurix.gmail@com> on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @07:05PM (#39502527) Homepage

    Embrace, Penetrate, Ejaculate.

    The upcoming Microsoft memo.

  • Re:LoL (Score:5, Funny)

    by sg_oneill ( 159032 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @07:57PM (#39503049)

    I spend my days working as a mac tech, so no, I really do not. I am, however, still highly amused that it happens this way. In much the same fashion as I am amused when wine is used to exploit a linux box.

    You may laugh, but its truer than you think. Many many moons ago I was admining a small network of linux desktops for students at the local university. Management , non technnical of course, demanded that internet explorer be installed on them. After protesting loudly and losing the argument, I ended up deploying ie6 across the network via wine. It took aproximately 3 days before they became infested.

    In a strange way, I took that as a surprising confirmation of wine's compatibility.

    In the end I replaced the Mozilla browsers icons with E icons and the office twonks where happy. God I hate tech support

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