updated 01:02 pm EST, Thu February 27, 2014
Tied to cracked downloads of popular software
A Mac trojan aimed at stealing Bitcoins -- known as OSX/CoinThief -- has been found attached to pirated copies of more mainstream apps, says security firm ESET. Initially the malware was bundled exclusively with Bitcoin-related tools, but ESET says it has now found CoinThief in cracked versions of titles like Angry Birds, BBEdit, Pixelmator, and Delicious Library.
The code carries a browser add-on capable of stealing logins for Bitcoin wallet sites, as well as exchanges like Mt. Gox or BTC-e. ESET comments that based on its data, the trojan appears to be most active among US Mac users. As protection it simply recommends keeping antivirus software up to date, and downloading apps from legitimate sources. If necessary, though, the trojan can be manually removed using instructions from SecureMac.