Bitcoin-Stealing OS X Trojan Now Masquerading as 'Angry Birds' and Other Popular Mac Apps

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    A Bitcoin-stealing trojan has been detected in downloads claiming to be cracked versions of popular Mac applications, reports security firm ESET through its We Live Security blog. The OSX/CoinThief.A malware was discovered in popular Bitcoin software earlier this month by SecureMac, but is now being used to target users of more mainstream apps.

    The trojan initially surfaced on open source software hosting site GitHub, and it was quickly bundled into several Bitcoin apps available through multiple download sites. Further investigation by ESET has now uncovered the trojan masquerading as cracked versions of popular Mac apps such as BBEdit, Pixelmator, Angry Birds, and Delicious Library.

    OSX/CoinThief.A involves a malicious browser add-on used to intercept logins for Bitcoin wallet sites and related exchanges such as MtGox, BTC-e, and blockchain.info. Stolen login credentials are then forwarded to the malware's developer.
    The websites where these files are being distributed from have not been revealed, but Mac owners can prevent infection by avoiding pirated software and downloading titles directly from the developer's website or the Mac App Store. Users can find instructions on how to check for and remove the malware on SecureMac's blog post.

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    This is why code signing and Gatekeeper exist.
     
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    See, this is why I prefer dogecoin.

    Security through obscurity! :D
     
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    Pirated software users are surprised that some of these cracked software might be Trojan carriers?
     
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    I have very little sympathy for people who install cracked apps
     
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    Good thing the MtGox took their site down then. *ahem*
     
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    Every news paper talks about bitcoin nowadays. I am more impressed by bitcoin concept than its potential harm.
     
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    Downloading cracked apps is like eating out of a garbage bin. Sure, you might find something that looks tasty in there, but even if it looks good it will still probably get you sick.
     
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    That is good saying. :)
     
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    Seems to be a catch22 for Apple. The more successful and ubiquitous it becomes, the more it will be targeted by the nefarious. All the more so because of the statistical affluence of the user base. That's a shame.
     
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    I have to wonder why you can buy a $1,000 Apple computer, but you can't buy a $5 game.

    Those people deserve it. Mining your own money, but taking someone else's? No excuse.
     
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    Tim Cook, masquerading as CEO, and other popular Mac tricks....

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    How is it a catch 22 for Apple when there are idiots going out to download pirated software because they're too bloody cheap to purchase a legitimate copy via the AppStore? That's like blaming Microsoft for some person downloading Creative Suite off a bittorrenting website then complaining that all their credit card information has been stolen and its apparently all Microsoft's fault.
     
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    I have trouble finding those these days...
     
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    Shady activity resulting in the theft of a shady currency.

    Hmm. So in order to expose yourself to a criminal, you have to do something criminal yourself. Not that Bitcoin is safe anyway.
     
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    The scary part is this talks about OSX not iOS... This really sucks .. People rag on jailbrake, but this goes deeper than jail broken phones..
     
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    I think the point he's making is that even 10 years ago, hen Apple was < 5% share of all computers out there, selling a few thousand a year, Nobody cared to write anything that affected Apple computers and OSx.

    Now that Apple computers are a household name, with a lot more sales and actually starting to penetrate the PC market in a measurable way, Their claim that Apple computers are infinitely more secure than Windows based PC's because of obscurity is starting to diminish.

    We are seeing more and more OSx based attacks over the last year.
     
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    Bitcoin is in its infancy and will have to see where this will end.

    But downloading 'cracked' software rarely seems to be a good idea.
     
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    This issue, not so much. Mostly, because it's a relatively old scam for Macs. One of the more recent ones was a Trojan that came hidden in pirated versions of Photoshop, Office and iWork.

    This is why stuff like Gatekeeper and signing exists, as well as Apple's ability to feed machines with anti-malware behind the scenes.
     

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