Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Newsletter
Zones
Access Control
LeftNav
Alarms
LeftNav
Biometrics
LeftNav
Detection
LeftNav
Deutsche Zone (German Zone)
LeftNav
Education, Training and Professional Services
LeftNav
Government Programmes
LeftNav
Guarding, Equipment and Enforcement
LeftNav
Industrial Computing Security
LeftNav
IT Security
LeftNav
Physical Security
LeftNav
Surveillance
LeftNav
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File
New Materials
Pro Health Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Pro Security Zone
Web Lec
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
ProSecurityZone Sponsor
 
 
News

Video site malware host targets Mac users

Sophos : 12 June, 2009  (Technical Article)
Apple Mac users can no longer feel immune to malware as Jahlav Trojan discovered as an active threat on video hosting site
IT security and control firm Sophos is warning Apple Mac users to wake up to the threat of websites hosting malicious code which can infect their systems, following the discovery of two new separate attacks in 24 hours. The advice follows the discovery of a new version of the Jahlav Trojan horse that is being distributed via a site posing as a portal for adult videos.

Sophos has produced a video, demonstrating how the Mac malware infects users who go hunting for adult content.

'Although there is much less malware for Mac OS X than there is for Windows, that's going to be little consolation if your shiny new MacBook gets infected. Many in the Mac community have had their heads buried in the sand for too long about the real nature of the threat,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. 'It is becoming more and more common for hackers to use social engineering tricks - like telling surfers that they need to download a plugin on their Mac to watch a video - to weasel their way onto computers. Some Mac users may have thought that it was safe to surf for adult content on their Apple Mac, but they were wrong.'

Sophos notes that the criminal gang behind this malware attack is targeting Windows computers as well as Mac OS X.

'It would be a big mistake if Windows users felt smug about their Mac-loving cousins getting hit in this way. The booby-trapped websites determine if the victim's web browser is running on Windows or Mac OS X, and serve up malware specifically designed for the visitor's operating system. Targeting both Windows and Mac means that the hackers can increase their chances of success,' explained Cluley. 'Once the malware is running on your computer, it can download further code from the internet - opening the door for your computer to be infected by scareware, send out spam, or become part of a zombie botnet. Windows users are used to fighting malware, but many Mac users are oblivious of the battle taking place for control of the public's computers.'

In addition to Jahlav-C, Sophos also discovered a new version of the Mac OS X Tored worm yesterday.
Bookmark and Share
 
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
 
   © 2012 ProSecurityZone.com
Netgains Logo