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  • Intego Warns of New "Malware for Mac"



    Intego has discovered a new variant of malware for Macs dubbed HellRTS. Should it be installed on machines running Mac OS X, HellRTS opens a backdoor that, in a nutshell, wreaks havoc by allowing remote users to essentially play "Avatar: the home game" with your Mac and take control of infected machines, performing a variety of actions on them.

    Intego, which recognizes the aforementioned security threat as OSX/HellRTS.D, is actually a variant of a six-year old Mac OS X
    malware. A potentially dangerous entity, HellRTS is sophisticated enough to - as Intego warns - set up its own server and configure a server port and password. And it's only downhill from there, as it intelligently "duplicates itself, using the names of different applications, adding the new version to a userís login items, to ensure that it starts up at login."

    Getting installed on a Mac, unfortunately, isn't too terribly difficult for HellRTS, which can find its way in via a Trojan horse or by capitalizing on a known vulnerability via a program accessed through a web browser. Intego says HellRTS can send e-mail with its own mail server, contact a remote server, and provide direct access to an infected Mac. As if that weren't scary enough, the malware variant is also capable of establishing remote screen sharing and powering down or restarting your Mac.

    It should be noted, however, that Intego can't point to the discovery of any such infections in the wild. But it's out there and being distributed on forums prowled by malicious users who all but certainly would love to take HellRTS out for a dastardly spin to see what it can do.

    For more info on HellRTS, check out Intego.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Intego Warns of New "Malware for Mac" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 55 Comments
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I love it when Mac people start saying how wonderful it is not to have to worry about virus's and such. I have owned many different PC's over the years and have NEVER been affected by a virus. That's what virus software is for. So.... keep paying 3x as much for a comparably based computer system and shouting from the rooftops how you don't need to worry about virus's and I'll keep enjoying my virus free PC and all the extra money I saved!

      Not flaming Mac's or Mac owners but seems to be a bit of a snob factor when Macies start comparing Mac's vs PC's.
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I love it when Mac people start saying how wonderful it is not to have to worry about virus's and such. I have owned many different PC's over the years and have NEVER been affected by a virus. That's what virus software is for. So.... keep paying 3x as much for a comparably based computer system and shouting from the rooftops how you don't need to worry about virus's and I'll keep enjoying my virus free PC and all the extra money I saved!

      Not flaming Mac's or Mac owners but seems to be a bit of a snob factor when Macies start comparing Mac's vs PC's.
      i agree, but ah well at least i have a mac :P
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      A computer user, mac or pc, that is cautious in what they do may never get a virus ever. Most of the things that hit macs require a user to input the admin password. But even with anti-virus software some key software has holes in it that can cause issues. Flash is one of those and a few other Adobe products. But I agree that a user who does not do things cautiously on mac or pc will eventually run into an issue.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I love it when Mac people start saying how wonderful it is not to have to worry about virus's and such. I have owned many different PC's over the years and have NEVER been affected by a virus. That's what virus software is for. So.... keep paying 3x as much for a comparably based computer system and shouting from the rooftops how you don't need to worry about virus's and I'll keep enjoying my virus free PC and all the extra money I saved!

      Not flaming Mac's or Mac owners but seems to be a bit of a snob factor when Macies start comparing Mac's vs PC's.
      Lol. Isn't that what you're doing in your post, telling everyone how you've never had a virus and how you didn't have to pay so much for your computer (comparing)? I don't know about anyone "shouting from the rooftops" about not having to worry about virus's lol, but its certainly nice to not have to have any kind of virus software at all...ever
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Sure but the difference is this.... I don't think I'm better because I own a PC, which is exactly the attitude you get from some Mac owners. (smarter with my money for my needs yes, better, no.) As far as people not "shouting form the rooftops" are you mad? Every time the topic comes up you get people coming out of the woodwork to say how lucky they are they have a mac which to them = no virus infection. (see this thread for a small sampling of what I'm talking about)
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I love my mac but I know I am not immune. I just do the same as I did when I had a windows machine, practice safe computing lol. But I have no issues against Windows XP and/or 7.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      Sure but the difference is this.... I don't think I'm better because I own a PC, which is exactly the attitude you get from some Mac owners. (smarter with my money for my needs yes, better, no.) As far as people not "shouting form the rooftops" are you mad? Every time the topic comes up you get people coming out of the woodwork to say how lucky they are they have a mac which to them = no virus infection. (see this thread for a small sampling of what I'm talking about)
      Did I ever say I was better than anyone? I own a PC, I run Windows 7...I really like both of them. If I was mad I don't think I would be using the "lol" acronym throughout my post. I simply thought your phrase, "shout from the rooftops" was a funny/interesting choice. I also thought it was funny that you were doing the exact same thing your were swinging at in your post. There are, "snobs" on both sides of the Mac/PC world, that's just how it is, it just comes down to preference. No one's better than anyone else for it though.
    1. Dise1's Avatar
      Dise1 -
      pwned xD
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      I love my mac but I know I am not immune. I just do the same as I did when I had a windows machine,[never had the unfortunate misshap ] practice safe computing lol. But I have no issues against Windows XP and/or 7.[ yeah me neither JK ;P]
      ++1
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      haha mac users not so invunerable now eh?
    1. Forever Young's Avatar
      Forever Young -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      just plug your phone into your computer. open your virusbarrier. press select. then harddrives. then select your iphone from the menu.
      I tried that and when I hit select it only shows my hard drive and my time machine drive
    1. metaljay's Avatar
      metaljay -
      love the banter of this thread now :P
    1. iest's Avatar
      iest -
      Anyone who states the typical old "security via obscurity" myth has no idea what they're talking about.

      Now, it is a fact that more people code viruses for Windows than they do for Mac, but this isn't the main reason why macs are more secure.

      OS X is based on Unix, a solid, tried-and-tested, server-grade operating system.
      Windows is, well... Windows. I don't need to say anything else. Everyone knows Windows is horrifically insecure.

      There are no viruses for mac. The only times I've ever heard that there supposedly is, is when security companies with a product to sell send out a press release say there is.

      Just FUD spin...
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I don't think I'm better because I own a PC

      stop being so modest
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      Sure but the difference is this.... I don't think I'm better because I own a PC, which is exactly the attitude you get from some Mac owners. (smarter with my money for my needs yes, better, no.) As far as people not "shouting form the rooftops" are you mad? Every time the topic comes up you get people coming out of the woodwork to say how lucky they are they have a mac which to them = no virus infection. (see this thread for a small sampling of what I'm talking about)
      What does this have to do with the new infection on Mac OS X?! Read the topic again!