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    Default Mac Malware Being Distributed Disguised as Cracked Versions of Top Mac Apps


    A Bitcoin-stealing Trojan has recently been detected in downloads claiming to be cracked versions of popular Mac applications according to security firm ESET through its We Live Security blog. The OSX/CoinThief.A malware was discovered in popular Bitcoin software earlier this month by the folks over at Secure Mac and is now being used to target users of more mainstream apps. The Trojan initially surfaced on open source software hosting site, GitHub and it was quickly bundled into several Bitcoin apps available through multiple download sites.

    Further investigation by ESET has now uncovered the Trojan masquerading as cracked versions of popular Mac apps such as asBBEdit, Pixelmator, Angry Birds and Delicious Library. OSX/CoinThief.A involves a malicious browser add-on used to intercept logins for Bitcoin wallet sites and related exchanges such as MtGox, BTC-e, and blockchain.info. The stolen login credentials are then forwarded to the malware’s developer. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    There is clearly strong evidence that the trojan was specifically designed to profit from the current Bitcoin craze and fluctuating exchange rates.

    According to detection statistics gathered by the ESET LiveGrid, the threat is mostly active amongst Mac users based in the United States.
    The websites that are being used to distribute the files haven’t been revealed but Mac owners can prevent infection by avoiding pirated software and downloading titles directly from the developer’s website or the Mac App Store. Users can find instructions on how to check for and remove the malware on SecureMac’s blog post (just hit the source link below).

    Source: WeLiveSecurity, SecureMac (blog)

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    HAHA! Serves you right, you lousy thieves.

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    Bitcoin exchanges need to implement two-step auth so all of these scammers can resort to other platforms to corrupt.

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    "Macs don´t get viruses"

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    I don't see why this is a problem for them? It's not stealing if the property is only digital.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Amazing Atheist View Post
    "Macs don´t get viruses"
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Amazing Atheist View Post
    "Macs don´t get viruses"
    Who said macs don't get virus's? They're just harder to exploit.
    Last edited by ThatOneProfile; 2014-02-28 at 01:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Amazing Atheist View Post
    "Macs don´t get viruses"
    1) What you're referring to is very old and outdated. The most popular platform will always be a target.
    2) Dunno if you know this but viruses are very different from trojans.
    3) As compared to windows and other platforms OS by apple is still a million times more safer.


    cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
    Bitcoin exchanges need to implement two-step auth so all of these scammers can resort to other platforms to corrupt.
    Coinbase does implement that. It is one of the best e-wallet exchanges IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalpesh78 View Post
    2) Dunno if you know this but viruses are very different from trojans.
    3) As compared to windows and other platforms OS by apple is still a million times more safer.
    YES. YES. YES. I would venture to say that 98% of the Apple attackers out there have no idea regarding the difference between Trojans and viruses. Trojans are just an app that you've given permission to run on your machine, but which has been bundled in with or masquerading as a different app. The key point here, THE USER HAD TO GIVE PERMISSION TO RUN. Standard viruses, such as those that infect Windows machines all the time, can be transmitted unknowingly through email, websites etc... These viruses are EXTREMELY rare in Macs. I've never seen one. I've been running a mac for about 10 years with no virus protection and have never gotten one (nor have I ever been infected with a Trojan. As Macs gain market share, Trojans are bound to pick up.

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