AAPL Stock: 118.88 ( 0 )

Printed from

Intego outs Mac malware, HellRTS, with backdoor capability

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Fri April 16, 2010

Malware can set up its own server on infected Mac

Intego has sent out an alert to a new form of Mac malware called HellRTS. It is a low risk backdoor code allowing remote users to take control of a computer. The RealBasic-built, universal code can set up its own server on an infected Mac, configure a server port and password. It duplicates itself, using the names of Mac applications, adding the new applications to a user's login items, ensuring that it starts up at login. It sends e-mail via its own mail server, contacting a remote server to give access to an infected Mac.

It can also perform a number of operations such as providing remote screen-sharing access, shutting down or restarting a Mac, accessing an infected Mac's clipboard, and much more.

The malware requires installation on a Mac via a Trojan horse, or through a web browser. Intego has not found any Macs being infected in the wild, but it will be accessible to a large number of users who may attempt to use it to attack Macs at some point.

by MacNN Staff



  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So, it was written by Intego to create a market fo

    Shouldn't this sort of thing be illegal?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: So it was written

    Oh, yes, there's a backdoor program out there, so it must be a virus scan company that wrote it! I mean, it isn't like the hackers would waste their time on Macs, right?

    BTW, the note says it's another variation of a program that's been around since 2004. And it's just the back-door program, it still needs a delivery system (trojans are the easiest, as you see on Windows all the time).

  1. afaby

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In the past Intego has grossly exaggerated virus/trojan reports to get people to buy their software. Their questionable use of scare tactics always makes me wary of them.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Intego has not found any Macs being infected in the wild."

    So how did they came upon it? Did they write it?

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh Noes!!!

    This is real scary. I think I'll run out and buy Intego's anti-virus. Whatever it's called!

    Meteors! Earthquakes! Volcanos! Now this!!!

    This story is so moronic. Like I'm going to run out and get a flu shot for a strain of flu that hasn't infected a single human being.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented