OS X Backdoor Trojan in Beta

stridemat

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SophosLabs has published protection for our customers as OSX/MusMinim-A. Trojans like this are frequently distributed through pirated software downloads, torrent sites, or anywhere you may download an application expecting to need to install it.
Im not worried. With the Mac App store I shouldn't get any of these side effects. Also, if it was a serious piece of programming surely it would hide on you Mac unannounced, just skimming off your CC details etc.
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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Bout time I say. I didn't install that virus scanner for no good reason.
That article is also on SOPHOS' website. Just saying.
 

GGJstudios

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It's just Sophos trying to scare people into buying their software. Obviously, it's not even a threat at this point, as it's still being developed. There have been trojans around for a long time, but they require the user to actively download and install them, usually entering their admin password. Some common sense will be all the protection needed for such threats.
 

chrono1081

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It's just Sophos trying to scare people into buying their software. Obviously, it's not even a threat at this point, as it's still being developed. There have been trojans around for a long time, but they require the user to actively download and install them, usually entering their admin password. Some common sense will be all the protection needed for such threats.
+1 the only time you ever see mac virus anything is from Sophos.

Also after reading the article I'm calling shenanigans. "I am a virus I infected your Mac" What??? Really? In real life malware does not announce itself. It does its nefarious deeds and tries to stay hidden. Whats in the article looks like bad Hollywood mumbo jumbo.
 

John T

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There should be a law against Sophos where Macs are concerned! They sell so-called security software and promote it by quoting rubbish to ensnare the gullible and those with little computer knowledge..
 

munkery

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From Sophos website:

If the server is running on a NAT'd network, the corresponding client component could only connect from the local network.
I bet it requires authentication to install as well.

For those interested, this new trojan is based on DarkComet-RAT.
 
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