Kaspersky Lab uncovers new Mac OS X backdoor

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Jul 5, 2012
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  1. Kaspersky Lab has ousted a new backdoor in Mac OS X that is used as part of an Advanced Persistent Threat campaign. Experts say this is a new and previously unknown variant of the MaControl backdoor, affecting both i386 and……

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I can feel bit smug after reading this but I am not :cool:

    I always believed that because Macs didn't had any significant market share, they were not a 'useful' target for malware etc., creating a false sense of security especially for novice/less knowledgeable users. Now that it has become more of a 'status' symbol, hence, everyone thinks its cool to have Macs, it has started attracting attention from hackers. So, it wouldn't be surprising if this pattern grows and becomes a norm in the coming years.
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Its quite nice to see decent hackers poke at osx and watch some big holes appear.

    After years of "no virus on macs" as a selling point its quite nice to rub it in :p
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    "Mac is at least 10 years behind Microsoft with regards to security." Now that's something to feel smug about, and I can honestly say that I do. All the arguments I've been in with people who own Macs and always claim the old "Well we don't get viruses" all I have to say is Ha. I have been through half a dozen PCs in 10 years and have gotten infected once, and that was purely my own fault, I was also 14 at the time and didn't know what I know now. I'm not wishing viruses on Mac users, don't get me wrong, I'm just happy knowing there is now 0 reason to own a Mac.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    "Furthermore, the infection was said to originally target Uyghur activists in this region."

    Those are some baller Uyghurs if they're running around with MBPs.
  6. "For many years it was believed that Macs weren’t vulnerable to the same type of attacks that Windows users had been plagued with but now we know that isn’t true."

    Who the hell ever made this assumption?!

    Wow ignorance is bliss!
  7. You'd have to be an ***** if you believed any OS would be immune to malware or viruses. The first time I bought a Mac, I purchased antivirus software and installed the free ones on there immediately. Although the Mac doesn't have as many viruses or malware as Windows yet, it's definitely coming.

    As I am more a PC guy, I do agree that I feel more secure with my PC versus the Mac OS though.
  8. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    The Chinese government has been putting backdoors in the firmware of chips. The US has been putting backdoors in MS and Apple OS's since 9/11
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Quoted for truth.
  10. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,282   +49

    I find this entertaining. But seriously, whatever is created by man can be broken by man!
  11. Kaspersky is turning inside out to promote their anti-virus. The whole article sounds fishy, starting with Uyghurs with Macs, and ending with Kaspersky claiming that Mac is 10 years behind somebody else in something. I once tried their anti-virus, it worked very slow, found an enormous amount of false positives and crashed without finishing the full scan. I never used it again since, I use Avast now on Windows. I'll wait until I hear an opinion of some DECENT anti-virus developer about Mac security. I don't trust Kaspersky.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Agreed with the guest above me. You can't put much weight behind a report by a security company that has a product to sell you. This is likely a Chinese government thing against a specific group as mentioned (if that is even true). Its not like this is out there affecting millions of people.
  13. Kaspersky seems to be in the news a lot these days predicting doomsday, I think its just a marketing campaign under false pretenses.

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