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For those who still think Macs are immune to malware: "Reddit-powered botnet infected thousands of Macs worldwide"

Posted By: MrFusion
Date: Sunday, 5-Oct-2014 19:23:01
www.rumormill.news/985

In Response To: ** S.O.S. - PLEASE READ RAYELAN'S NOTES IN THE FUNDRAZR WIDGET ** (hobie)

After you read Rayelan's piece, and send your donation, you can check out the piece below on why depending on the "magical malware immunity of Macs" is a mistake. Note that the malware described below uses Reddit to function after it is installed, but that is not how the infection gets on Macs, which is not clear. Probably the good ol' infected email route. So don't say, "Oh, I don't use Reddit, so I'm OK." If you have a computer, you need an anti-malware program.

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Reddit-powered botnet infected thousands of Macs worldwide
Mac.BackDoor.iWorm used Minecraft server subreddit for command and control.

by Sean Gallagher - Oct 3 2014

The Russian antivirus vendor Dr. Web has reported the spread of a new botnet that exclusively targets Apple computers running Mac OS X. According to a survey of traffic conducted by researchers at Dr. Web, over 17,000 Macs worldwide are part of the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm botnet—and almost a quarter of them are in the US. One of the most curious aspects of the botnet is that it uses a search of Reddit posts to a Minecraft server list subreddit to retrieve IP addresses for its command and control (CnC) network. That subreddit now appears to have been expunged of CnC data, and the account that posted the data appears to be shut down.

The Dr. Web report doesn’t say how Mac.BackDoor.iWorm is being distributed to victims of the malware. But its “dropper” program installs the malware into the Library directory within the affected user’s account home folder, disguised as an Application Support directory for “JavaW." The dropper then generates an OS X .plist file to automatically launch the bot whenever the system is started.

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http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/10/reddit-powered-botnet-infected-thousands-of-macs-worldwide/




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** S.O.S. - PLEASE READ RAYELAN'S NOTES IN THE FUNDRAZR WIDGET **
hobie -- Sunday, 5-Oct-2014 18:54:02
For those who still think Macs are immune to malware: "Reddit-powered botnet infected thousands of Macs worldwide"
MrFusion -- Sunday, 5-Oct-2014 19:23:01
Reader sends experience with a possibly malware-infected Mac
MrFusion -- Sunday, 5-Oct-2014 23:38:06
Thanks, you 13, for the $323 and these few comments...
hobie -- Monday, 6-Oct-2014 03:00:20

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