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New cross-platform trojans masquerade as commercial apps

updated 02:27 pm EDT, Fri September 27, 2013

Macs may be special target

A new group of cross-platform trojans are masquerading as commercial apps, says security firm Intego. Codenamed OSX/Icefog.A on the Mac, the trojans -- concealed under app names like AppDelete, CleanMyMac, and Img2icna -- secretly copy a backdoor app to a computer when the main app is launched, and immediately try to contact a command-and-control server for instructions by the attacker. The backdoor app, named .launchd.app, incorporates a keylogger and is deliberately concealed during the installation process. It's immediately moved to a separate folder, for instance, and the Dock icon and Command-Tab switching are suppressed.

Intego says the trojans represent a "low-risk" threat, as they appear to be part of a "targeted attack." Updated antivirus programs should be able to halt the malware.




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  1. Flying Meat

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    You know what's missing from this report? The vector. How are people falling for the fake apps when presumable the real apps exist, and where typically are they getting them from? Google search? Targeted email offers? The NSA? Seriously.

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