New malware targets Linux and Mac OS X

By Shawn Knight ยท 29 replies
Sep 3, 2012
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  1. A new piece of malware targeting Macs and Linux-based systems is causing a world of trouble for those in its path. Wirenet.1 is responsible for stealing passwords stored in browsers like Chrome, Chromium, Firefox and Opera. Furthermore, it's able to...

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  2. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    Apple fanboy: but macs dont get viruses, its just impossible cuz great lord Jobs said so
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  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

  4. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Seems what people have been saying is starting to happen, Mac OS and Linux are getting more popular and now malware makers have a reason to target them, this should be fun.
  5. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Or better yet....The ppl sending out this malware know that half the ppl who own a Mac or run a Linux system all kinda think the same way. Like Punkid said...The great Steve Jobs wont let anything effect their system.......Its when you think your the most secure is when you need to be watching for that knife in the back. Same thinking applies to your home PC.
  6. This means the rise of malware proliferation era
  7. Jim T

    Jim T TS Rookie

    If you leave your home account open, with no password required to make changes, you may make it possible for this malware to attack you. Most Linux users are quite a bit smarter than this. If you think you can compromise my system, give it your best shot.I've been using broadband on the WWW for over ten years now, and the only problem I ever had was when I was using XP (back in 2001). I'm not a bit concerned with what the newest scriopt kiddies want to try.
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +680

    Punkid +1
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +680

    You must be new to the internet, but virus writers target the opposite. The majority of Linux users may be smart enough to safeguard themselves against such attacks, but certainly not the people you "converted" to the OS.
  10. @ Punkid: I don't think anybody with any system getting malware is cause for celebration and fan boy hate. Compared to Windows, Mac OS and Linux obviously have significantly less malware. Conversely, anyone who owned a Mac and thought they'd never get viruses were out of their minds too.

    If you're on the Internet, get an antivirus and firewall.
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  11. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    Yeah, well, to be fair these sort of Windows users are pretty much just as hard to get infected as well. I haven't had a single malware, virus, etc. of any kind without any sort of firewall or anti-virus for 6 years.

    It'd be interested to find out what sort of systems are affected, though, and what exactly is the library or application that's being exploited.
  12. lancestu

    lancestu TS Rookie

    Go with Android 4 and/or Ubuntu.
    Follow common sense.
    You're set for the cloud.
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Wonders if he's alone in wondering how people can claim they've never had x virus, or y malware in z number of years, yet proclaim to never use any form or protection that would, in real-time alert them to such problems..... It's a real nail bitter! :confused:

    I use malware, firewall (hardware and software) and AV's for Windows boxes, but I have to be honest and say I don't use AV's in Linux at all any more. I use both OS' the same and I'm yet to get any infection whilst in Windows. I'm probably a little more relaxed with where I point my browser in Linux, but having run an AV for years previously and never had a single virus I didn't think there was a point to it any more. That said, I certainly wouldn't proclaim Linux was virus-free, as the naked truth is I have no idea. lol. Windows is fine though. :D

    The issue of viruses and malware in my opinion is largely platform irrelevant. It isn't the OS that's the issue, its the person using it. That's the difference between x user of OS X not being infected and y user of OS X being overrun with them. That's why more experienced users face less exposure to infections and other online nasties -- its a simple case of being more cautious and aware of their "virtual" surroundings.

    P.S. I wonder if Samsung has opened a new spyware/malware/virus division at its headquarters in South Korea.... ;)
  14. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    I tend to ignore comments of people who say that since if you don't run malware or AV scanners than you might never know if you actually have a virus. I haven't had a virus in years but I'm not dumb enough to not run AV and malware scanners since it's the only way to be sure (and even then some might get through).
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    If you follow the description of the latest drive-by, you can see it is a social engineering attack delivered
    via email. Following the simplest of rules, ALL these drive-by attacks can be avoided without the necessity
    of A/V, black/white lists or even a firewall:
    • delete email with stupid subjects
    • delete email from unknown origins
    • delete email even from known origins that make no sense to you (eg delivery notice when you haven't made an order or don't have a bank account with that specific bank
    @Leeky: >>The issue of viruses and malware in my opinion is largely platform irrelevant. It isn't the OS that's the issue, its the person using it.

    ABSOLUTELY :) every click is an invitation.
  16. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Never have I heard it put more politely. Its true that its the users themselves that click an attachment. Or visit sites that are full of viruses. I often have to admonish my own father for visiting "pron" sites. Many times I have to wipe his computer clean and start it all over for him. Not that my father is a stupid man, just not very knowledgable about what the Internet holds. The same could be said for over 50% of the internet user base world wide. Ppl dont need to know the internal workings of a combustion engine to drive a car. The same holds true for the Internet. They dont need to understand. Its point click and go. Maybe a better solution all around would be to have those of us that DO understand, teach those that dont. Go visit grandma and grampa and help them to help themselves.
  17. To all the windows lovers who are critizing apple here:

    You know, techspot could put this story in EACH and EVERY day...

    "New malware targets Windows today"

    But they don't, because its common. What do they report? Uncommon things. Think about it.
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  18. Jim T

    Jim T TS Rookie

    Flash is a big vulnerability, and I guess Java can be too (if you don't use the Open Source kind). I don't try to convert anyone to anything. I'm not a disciple. If you ask for my help, I'm more than happy to show you some things. As far as I'm concerned, obscurity is fine with me. I don't look for ways to make my life any more complicated than it already gets on its own. Debian is a safe, secure system, even the 'testing' or 'unstable' varieties (with a little common sense).
  19. Nice read : Wirenet-1 - Tux gets a virus...
  20. It's not the Os that's inviting a virus. its the user! And as for dr.web seems like they are making the viruses especially for these OSes and miraculously finding them :cool:
  21. I just found about 250 of 1300000 virus signatures for Linux and OSX available in ClamAV virus database by running this command :
    $ sigtool --list-sigs | grep -I linux | sort
    $ sigtool --list-sigs | grep -I osx | sort
    Output :
  22. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    I have no idea whether it's me you guys are talking about but I do run scans like once in two months (SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes' thingy, Spybot S&D and occasionally even the Norton security scan).

    The thing is I never find _anything_ so I don't really know what kind of dumb things you're doing with your own PC (or dumb software), if you're actually having viruses "slip through" even through a firewall and an antivirus.
  23. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    Exactly, at the very least do the basics

    System Preferences>Security & Privacy>Firewall>Turn On Firewall> Lock settings

    I always do this on a fresh build of Mac OS X then I make a point of signing into my apple account and downloading ClamXav to run scans once a week.

    Also don't entertain strange emails!!!
  24. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    @Det Nah, it was a general observation more than anything. I made a valid point though. The single biggest change a user getting viruses can make is to change the way they use their computer. I think that goes without saying really.
  25. Yes anything one person creates another person may attack. Any system will have it's weaknesses. In many cases the system user is the largest weakness, if they install something despite understanding or warnings then they can have issues. Some people are quite click-happy and just install everything. Having said that I believe the Linux is more secure from a default position, note more secure doesn't mean invulnerable.

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