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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.

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