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04-16-2010, 11:44 AM #1
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.
04-16-2010, 11:49 AM #2
wow, didnt see this coming
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04-16-2010, 11:56 AM #3
How can I protect my mac from it ?!
04-16-2010, 11:57 AM #4
I wonder if this will prompt Apple to patch the hole... or prompt a bunch of Mac users to go by anti-virus software.
04-16-2010, 11:59 AM #5
04-16-2010, 11:59 AM #6
Means of protection: Intego VirusBarrier X6 detects and eradicates this malware, which it identifies it as OSX/HellRTS.D, with its threat filters dated April 15, 2010 or later.
04-16-2010, 12:18 PM #7
lol i just bought it, not because of this info, but because i have some important work files etc...paranoid i know but meh...
and i no i shouldnt mention, but i managed to get the upgrade price for a new customer (if you have [or in my case, found] a virusbarries x5 serial, when you purchase the software, it asks for a previous serial key)
so i got it for £33 instead of £45
i no i shouldnt have, but hay, you guys made the plug lol
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04-16-2010, 12:28 PM #8
So often there's OSX malware scares.
And who is always telling us this kind of information?
Software companies that would love to sell you their product to protect you from it...
04-16-2010, 01:01 PM #9
Lol. What happened to macs not getting viruses?
And the best thing? This wont affect PC's.
04-16-2010, 01:05 PM #10
Talk to me when it's in the wild.
04-16-2010, 01:23 PM #11
04-16-2010, 01:25 PM #12
... yeah, I'm not worried.21.5" iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 l 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 l 17" PowerBook 1.67 GHz
iPhone 4 32 GB l TV 160 GB l 32 GB iPad
04-16-2010, 01:30 PM #13
The only reason macs don't get viruses is because people don't actively program viruses for macs its not some superior defense in a mac that makes them have less viruses its the fact that less people use macs and the majority use windows for running a business etc. When making a virus the creator thinks to himself how will I make the most out of this virus infecting a bunch of macs and gaining access to their videos and music or infecting a bunch of windows computers (which have a higher user base) and gaining access to potentially more confidential files.
The huge price tag Apple puts on the mac while being total BS and most likely gaining Apple about 80%-90% profit per mac sold does help keep viruses off the software because no one is going to program viruses for something overpriced when they can make more money programming them for windows.
Like someone mentioned before its weird how these viruses are found by anti virus companies (and they never seem to be big anti viruses companies like nod) but no users every see them I'm willing to bet they did create the virus themselves or had someone else do it without ever actually planning on distributing it. They can't compete with established anti virus companies on Windows so they have to become the go to people for mac.
"duplicates itself" <-- is exactly what a virus does in computers and in biological life.
A circle is shape but a shape doesn't have to be a circle.
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04-16-2010, 02:17 PM #14
Meh, you figure that every so often something like this is going to pop up. I don't (and likely will not ever) own a Mac Computer. I don't see the benefit of it for an experienced and careful Comp user.
However, it should be noted that these occurrences are rare *(c)riku98523's explanation* and seem apple seems to take great pride in being able to avoid and fix these types of things. The price tag depends on it.
04-16-2010, 02:22 PM #15
Let's not forget that Newer Macintosh operating systems, such as the Mac OS X, is built on the Unix kernel, which is one of the oldest and most secure operating systems available. Much more than a PC running windows.
Bottom line is that its alot eaisier to create a virus that attacks the internals of the OS of windows systems.. Windows file system is very open, and most apps dip their hands into the same cookie jar so to speak in order to function... Makes the perfect breeding ground for s virus to spread. Macs are more self contained in their operation. The app packages on a Mac don't dip around the OS like windows apps do... It's not impossible, but it's a lot more complex to write a malicious virus for a Mac... The only viruses you ever hers about are usually Trojans used for fishing scams. Stay away from porn sites and warez and you should be able to avoid those too.
I love my macs. ^^
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04-16-2010, 02:42 PM #16
Most viruses these days attack vulnerabilities in common 3rd party programs these days.. not the OS itself in either case. Browsers are common because of plug-ins such as Flash and Java. Adobe reader is another common attack point. MS Office.. etc.
04-16-2010, 03:08 PM #17
04-16-2010, 03:15 PM #18
Yes... you have to write completely different code for each OS. Some viruses can auto install and execute just by going to a specific web page if you have that particular exploited plug-in running... for the specific OS it's written for of course.
04-16-2010, 03:20 PM #19
well i'll be buying a PC soon for college, (because of macbooks poor speed/battery), and after seeing this, i think i'll be putting on ubuntu or some weird OS like that which gets no malware of any kind
04-16-2010, 03:47 PM #20
Also, there is no OS that is completely safe any OS can have malware and remember Ubuntu is based off of linux/Unix...so is Mac OS. You just have to be safe as to what you install and what sites you visit.
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