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The new Apple Trojan "BlackHoleRat" sneaks itself in through OS X users' open back doors. It is currently in "beta" and its capabilities are being expanded.  (Source: Sophos Labs)

One of its capabilities is to pop up fake administrator password request windows as a phishing attempt  (Source: Sophos Labs)

The trojan even delivers humorous messages to users in current form.  (Source: Sophos Labs)

  (Source: Chris Moncus)
Malicious program still appears to be in "beta" form, unlike its Windows counterpart

Security researchers at Sophos Labs have discovered a naughty new trojan that's in the process of beta testing attack capabilities against the growing population of Mac users.

The trojan exploits open back doors in OS X to gain a good deal of access to the system.  It can be transmitted through a variety of vectors, including torrent files or seemingly legitimate download programs.  It could also be, in the future, delivered via the exploitation of browser flaws to perform "drive by downloads".

Once inside, the Trojan gets down to business, allowing the attacker to have their way with their Apple victim.  The attacker can plant text files on the desktop, force URLs to open, run shell commands, and pop up fake password windows in a phishing attempt.

They can also force the users machine shutdown or reboot. When a reboot is forced an amusing message pops up, informing:

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! I have full controll over your Computer and i can do everything I want, and you can do nothing to prevent it.

So, Im a very new Virus, under Development, so there will be much more functions when im finished.

The virus is a port of darkComent, a remote access trojan for Windows.  The new OS X versions has been dubbed "OSX/MusMinim-A", or "MusMinim" for short, by Sophos.  Its creators, however, call it BlackHoleRat.

Sophos believes its creators will likely expand its functionality now that the concept has been proven.  It will likely be loaded with far nastier tricks in the future.

Despite its obscurity, Apple's poor security track record virtually ensures that Apple OS X users back doors will be open in years to come.  And increasingly they may find malicious individuals looking to poke and prod their way inside.

Still Apple has been quite quiet in its direction to users to get an anti-virus program.  To this day it still tries to portray Windows as "virus-laden" and OS X as virus-free.  As a result of this ostrich-in-the-sand attitude, some users may fall victim of unwanted backdoor intrusion.

Apple has yet to comment on its users' latest infection or hint at how widespread it might be.

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By jharper12 on 2/28/2011 4:35:00 PM , Rating: 3
Someone creates malware for OSX, and at least one Apple fan gets his/her panties in a bunch over it. That's a surprise. Apple is still at less than 6% market share, so you may want to just acknowledge the fact now, that everything can and will be hacked eventually, rather than having an aneurysm if/when Apple crosses the 10% market share threshold and become an interesting plaything for the devious and evil coders of the world.

RE: So...
By Tony Swash on 3/1/11, Rating: -1
RE: So...
By themaster08 on 3/2/2011 5:43:26 AM , Rating: 2
Apple retakes World's Biggest Computer Maker Crown after 3 decades - with power of iPhone, iPad and Touch
Apple retakes world's biggest computer maker crown.... with power of devices that are not computers. LOL!

Exchange the word computer with consumer electronics and the title would actually make sense.

RE: So...
By Tony Swash on 3/2/11, Rating: -1
RE: So...
By testerguy on 3/3/2011 4:33:31 AM , Rating: 1
ACTUALLY, (you pedantic fool), a computer is simply a machine which can be programmed.

So, TECHNICALLY, IPhone, IPad and ITouch ARE all computers.

Does that make 'SENSE' for you? It is pretty obvious too, btw.

RE: So...
By overzealot on 3/6/2011 1:06:48 AM , Rating: 2
If we're going to include all "machines that can be programmed" as you say it, might as well list Haier as one of the largest computer manufacturers since most of their whitegoods "can be programmed", and contain as much processing power as early computers.
Or we could just go by the methodology of the linked page, which explicitly states classic mainframes, desktop and laptop PCs and servers, and newer smaller comptuers, the netbooks, tablet PCs like the iPad, and the smartphones and pocket pc's.

I think that would be obvious, but I'm a pedantic fool too.

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