04 Mar 2011

Mac Trojan is discovered

A Mac OS X Trojan is currently wreaking havoc on Apple desktops and laptops, putting to rest the operating system’s invulnerability.

The culprit is the Blackhole Remote Access Trojan, a varient of a Windows Trojan called Darkcomet. According to the Inquirer, cyber criminals are looking to exploit the Apple OS, due to its increasing market share.

The malware has the ability to send URLs, that can lead internet users to malicious websites. Also, the malware is able to prompt fake password pop-ups, which can lead to full system access for the criminals.

The Trojan is also able to create a full-screen pop-up that only allows the user to click on a reboot button. Several messages have been released by the Trojan’s creators.

"I am a Trojan Horse, so I have infected your Mac computer. I know, most people think Macs can't be infected, but look, you are infected!" one message reads.

The Computer Security Institute recently released its year-long survey regarding computer crime and security. Of those surveyed, 45.6 percent reported they had been attacked at least once, with Malware continuing to be the most common type of attack.