Thousands of Macs have been infected with Reddit controlled botnet malware

Justin Kahn

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Security researchers from Dr. Web believe they have uncovered a botnet malware campaign that has infected more than 17,000 Macs already worldwide. Referred to as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm by the Russian research team that spotted it, unfortunately the team us yet to...

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Trillionsin

Posts: 1,880   +465
Reddit is at no fault here apparently, and shutting down these pages/accounts would simply cause the attackers to move shop or create new ones.

Yes, but I think a lawyer out there should try and sue Reddit for about 100M, I mean, this only makes sense, right? You could potentially find this information using Reddit, so they must be held reliable.
 

Adhmuz

Posts: 2,117   +922
So Reddit could shut down these pages to inconvenience the hackers, but rather not because it's not really their problem... How about blocking the source of the attack from accessing your pages? That could be a start. What about the fact that your hosting these pages which contain harmful information, is that no better than a torrent site hosting a tracker? Well I have two things to be greatful for at least, 1; I don't have a Mac and most importantly, 2; I don't go on Reddit. No surprise the US and Canada has the most infected system, they make up the countries with the highest populous to have disposable Internet time. Then again, most time spent on the Internet is wasted time so what I'm doing isn't much better.
 
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davislane1

Don't have the folder. Does this mean I'm not special anymore?
 

yRaz

Posts: 3,605   +3,525
So Reddit could shut down these pages to inconvenience the hackers, but rather not because it's not really their problem... How about blocking the source of the attack from accessing your pages? That could be a start. What about the fact that your hosting these pages which contain harmful information, is that no better than a torrent site hosting a tracker? Well I have two things to be greatful for at least, 1; I don't have a Mac and most importantly, 2; I don't go on Reddit. No surprise the US and Canada has the most infected system, they make up the countries with the highest populous to have disposable Internet time. Then again, most time spent on the Internet is wasted time so what I'm doing isn't much better.

How about taking some basic security measures to protect yourself online?
 

Radient

Posts: 43   +3
So Reddit could shut down these pages to inconvenience the hackers, but rather not because it's not really their problem... How about blocking the source of the attack from accessing your pages? That could be a start. What about the fact that your hosting these pages which contain harmful information, is that no better than a torrent site hosting a tracker? Well I have two things to be greatful for at least, 1; I don't have a Mac and most importantly, 2; I don't go on Reddit. No surprise the US and Canada has the most infected system, they make up the countries with the highest populous to have disposable Internet time. Then again, most time spent on the Internet is wasted time so what I'm doing isn't much better.

A botnet can be c&c from anything including apples website you wount shut down apple becuase someone uses it diffrent than you would expect. 2 disoble income not time.
 

captaincranky

Posts: 16,508   +5,314
As with almost all of these things, it isn't some exploit in the system, it is an exploit of the user. You have to download something unsavory, bypass Gatekeeper, and give it admin privs....[ ]....
With that having been said, it certainly seems to validate a great deal of the rude things we say about Mac users....:D (Sorry, that was too good to resist. Like a high hanging curve ball)
 
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DelJo63

This must be a fake report because Apple computers don't get viruses or can't be hacked.
KNOCK KNOCK --Wake up, *ANY* system can be hacked but the issue is usually insufficient targets (in this case Mac OS X) to make it worthwhile.
 

yukka

Posts: 913   +97
Hah childish comments here, some people need to change the record!

So the suggestion is that a pirated copy of photoshop might be to blame. People download it, to run it requires accepting that it is allowed to be let through gatekeeper, and also to make changes which require the admin username/password.

At this point it writes files into /Library.

Error between keyboard and chair unfortunately. Have seen this sort of problem on every platform with dodgy pirated software but worth hearing about to make people realise you can't trust everything in the pirate bay etc
 

ArdvarkMaster

Posts: 32   +26
This must be a fake report because Apple computers don't get viruses or can't be hacked.
KNOCK KNOCK --Wake up, *ANY* system can be hacked but the issue is usually insufficient targets (in this case Mac OS X) to make it worthwhile.

Miss sarcasm much? The point of the first poster was some/most Apple users claim their OS is superior because it is immune to viruses or it cannot be hacked.