Hackers are porting Linux viruses (virii ?) to OS X.
Last week Monday, ZDNet reported that hackers have ported code for a trojan from Linux to Apple’s OS X. For those of my readers who don’t know what a trojan is I’m referring to a malicious program that opens the door for other, usually even worse, programs to come into the infected operating system, like the Greeks did in the classic stratagem known as the Trojan Horse. It hasn’t been seen in the wild yet, but apparently the C source code for this has been available for quite some time.
Frankly, I’m surprised that this doesn’t happen more often than it does. In the old days, virus writers had to really know something because they used assembly to create them. Now, with Windows and all the other object-oriented programming languages filled with bloated libraries of programming calls, along with the availability of existing code on the internet, they hardly have to know anything to write fairly nasty malware. And, as I’ve mentioned before, as Apple laptops become more popular, more malware will start to show up there. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they figure out how to infect iPads and iPhones, too, if they haven’t already.
I hate people like this.
I spent most of my day today cleaning a malware infection off a machine. This little bugger had not only disabled the Windows Task Manager, which is pretty common these days, but it also cleaned out the Start Menu, including all the built-in things like the link to Control Panel and My Documents and all those things on the right side of the Windows XP default Start Menu. But, it also flagged most of the drive as Hidden and System, making it even more difficult to load the software I used to clean it. I had to go into Safe Mode just to get the system clean enough to restart into Safe Mode with Networking so I could update Malwarebytes, which is what I eventually used to get rid of the beastie. (I used Spybot Search and Destroy to keep the malware from loading to make the machine useable with networking support so I could update Malwarebytes, incidentally.)
So, yeah, these slimeballs keep me in a job, but, really, I’d appreciate it if they stopped helping me stay employed. I promise I can find plenty of other things to do!
So, look lively out there people! Be suspicious of what you download and click on!
UPDATE: Apparently, this has been found out in the wild now. And, according to TechWorld, it has a purpose; to use your system to generate BitCoins for it’s evil masters. Very clever. Nasty, but, still, very clever.