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Mac OS X Trojan steals data, uses your GPU to mine Bitcoins

By Jos · 33 replies
Nov 1, 2011
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  1. A newly discovered malware threat that targets Mac OS X systems has been found embedded in pirated copies of image editing software Graphic Converter. Known as DevilRobber or Miner-D, this…

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  2. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 152

    What a coincidence.
  3. dedparrot

    dedparrot TS Rookie Posts: 67

    modern day robin hood. steal from the rich.................then keep it for yourself!
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    Sounds rather bad, sadly as Mac gains more ground in the PC world this will become more and more of a threat. Most people I talk to about Apple OS claim it to be the most secure OS, which for the most part is true, but thats only because its not a viable source of revenue for Trojans and other Malware. Now for the worse part of all, the majority of people who have this on their system probably won't be aware of it or be able to get rid of it.
  5. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 180   +10

    Mac's are becoming less and less secure as time goes on, remember the battery virus that was apparently going around? this is just insane, however this virus was obtained from pirated software. whomever gets this is already stealing, and some might agree it's simply karma.

    I can't wait to stick it in some mac users craw when they use the "omg i never get virus's" deal, which honestly i don't get how that's a defense of an os, i;ve used windows for 20+ years and have never got a virus.
  6. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 188   +11

    I concur...
  7. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +173

    It just works =p
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    And so begins the harrowing journey for the unfortunate IT personnel who have to explain security software over and over and over again, to Apple users who adamantly refuse to accept that their Precious could possibly be vulnerable.
  9. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Yeah, karma is a *****.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    The official line from Apple will be that users should not download torrents, but buy all the applications from Apple, that way they'll avoid viruses.

    If there is an official line from Apple. They prefer the ostrich approach when it comes to viruses and malware.

    Perception uber alles.
  11. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    Since mac's have PCI-e based GPU's its was easy to set up the Bitcoin miner virus, this time their massive clone bases PC's was their weakness (also the pride xP)
  12. carlwh123

    carlwh123 TS Rookie

    lol these computers are going to be mining bitcoins while the person is trying to work. Then they'll say to their supposed tech savvy friend "my computer's been really slow lately" and the advice from the friend will be that "it's gotten old" and "time for a new computer". Apple will win in the end.
  13. Wouldn't a "tech-savvy" friend tell the person to re-install the OS?
  14. carlwh123

    carlwh123 TS Rookie

    I suppose it's possible.
    I should've put quotes around "tech savvy"

    I'm really alluding to these characters who support Apple wholeheartedly, represent that they're very filled in on all tech matters and couldn't in fact diagnose a Trojan on the basis that "Apple computers don't get viruses"
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Other then Macs supposed superior video/photo editing capabilities, being virus free is Apples big selling point for most people, which people keep telling me a nausea, so this story makes me smile :)
  16. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    Although I'm a Mac and PC user I would like to point out I'm a bit of hybrid when it comes to computing, I have to install antivirus on most if not all OSes I use and that includes my mac, the only thing I can see in my favour is I don't download any torrents on my macbook pro, but we all know that there is more than one way to get it, the problem is going to be the antivirus companies are not going to be able to send out a definition update in time to combat the issue and stop the virus in it's tracks before it infects your system.

    I also agree that many mac users are plain ignorant when it comes to installing antivirus, I called this about 8 years ago when I met a mac server installer bloke I said to him "do you not feel the more popular os will not be the target for the most viruses and attacks?" to which he replied by saying the following "Mac's getting viruses is a myth and will always be the windows users who make it up" at this point i refused to ever talk to him again I hope he's eating he's hat now!
  17. See this is the problem windows is one big trojan virus.
  18. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    This only happened because steve jobs was not at the end of the apple gateway with his staff of power shouting "YOU SHALL NOT PASS! :p
  19. If someone downloads pirated software via torrents and then installs that software with administrator/root privileges, they're clearly asking for it - and in fact deserve everything they get. Consider it "Darwinism in action", in fact.

    The funny thing is that many windows users, those who when posting on forums, supposedly pay for all of their software, do that all the time, but rely on an anti-virus program to protect them from their own idiocy.
  20. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

    You did notice that this was a story about a mac virus, And that the pirate in question was a mac user right?

    Id rather be evolved by natural selection than marketing.
  21. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 220   +12


    This is what I always say when I see something go wrong with an apple product (seems so satisfying)?
  22. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 263

    This just illustrates the biggest security vulnerability in macs: the users.
  23. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,547   +432

    Thats true of any OS.
  24. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 263

    Very astute of you to notice. This is the second trojan horse to make the news. Both have required administrator permission to install legitimately (because macs have prompted administrator password before installing programs for years before Windows came out with UAC). It's all well and good to have fun at Apple's expense, but they can't be realistically expected to protect people from themselves. We still get trojan horse virii in my office from people who click on something that looks legitimate, and I've lost quite a few afternoons to fake Windows Security notices.
  25. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    We've been getting fake phone calls from people claiming they are from windows security

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