Java Malware Takes Aim at OS X, Windows, Linux
According to freshly uncovered information presented this week by security firm F-Secure, there's a new cross-platform malware threat that hopefully won't make its way to your machine.
The malware in question was designed with the intention of bestowing remote computer access to hackers. Based on information contained in the report, computers running OS X, Windows, and Linux are potentially vulnerable to the malware.
"All three files for the three different platforms behave the same way," the report reads. "They all connect to 22.214.171.124 to get additional code to execute. The ports are 8080, 8081, and 8082 for OSX, Linux, and Windows respectively."
Not surprisingly, this new malware could potentially reach a very large number of computer users given its multi-platform threat. Gone are the days when Windows PCs were chiefly the lone targets of similar attacks. OS X is now squarely on the radar of hackers and other nefarious digital predators.
Writing for the Naked Security Blog at Sophos, Graham Cluley says that the impact of this malware could, indeed, be far-reaching. "Once it has found out which operating system you are running," he said, "the Java class file will download the appropriate flavor of malware, with the intention of opening a backdoor that will give hackers remote access to your computer... Although the amount of malware written for different operating systems can vary, it's becoming increasingly hard to argue on any OS that it's safe to surf the web without anti-virus protection."
, Naked Security Blog