Nasty new malware now targeting Macbooks
URGENT WARNING TO MAC USERS
If you are like many Apple users you have come to believe that the Mac does not get viruses and other malware infections like Windows does, and while it is true that the Mac is less prone to malware infection, it is a huge mistake to think that you are safe.
In fact these days the nastiest malware floats across platforms, and is being combined with the latest social engineering techniques designed to fool users into allowing it to infect their Mac
This new malware can steal virtually any information from your machine, take control of your webcam and microphone, record your keystrokes and watch your screen.
The malware is known as Backdoor.OSX.Mokes. The Mokes malware was discovered earlier this year on Windows and Linux, but an OS X variant has just been discovered.
Once it infects your Mac, it sets up an encrypted link with a server for communication, making it more difficult to detect. It also establishes a number of backdoors, making it hard to remove.
Backdoors in OS X used to be rare, but several different types of malware have popped up in the last few months making Mac users increasingly at risk of identity fraud and theft.
Apple has yet to official respond, but I expect a patch would be already in the pipeline.
Waiting for an Apple fix is a bit like closing the gate after the horse has bolted.
You need to protect your Macbook now.
There are two things you need to do.
- Make a backup of all your important data, this is easy to do with Apple’s Time Machine software and a cheap external hard drive.
- Download and install malware protection software for the Mac. There are a number of malware protection solutions available for the Mac. I use and recommend Intego. You can download a free trial of Intego Premium Bundle X9 – Internet Security for Mac here to provide immediate protection for 30 days, giving you plenty of time to decide if it’s right for you.
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About the Author
Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.