“Intego, a maker of anti-virus and firewall software, has issued an alert to warn Mac users not to download Apple iWork ’09 installers from sites offering pirated software,” Nick Spence reports for Macworld UK.

“The risk of infection is serious, and users may face extremely serious consequences if their Macs are accessible to malicious users says Intego,” Spence reports. “Intego reports at least 20,000 people have already downloaded this installer.”

“Once downloaded iWork ’09 is complete and functional, but the installer contains an additional package called iWorkServices.pkg says Intego,” Spence reports. “The malicious software connects to a remote server over the Internet; this means that a malicious user will be alerted that this Trojan horse is installed on different Macs, and will have the ability to connect to them and perform various actions remotely. The Trojan horse may also download additional components to an infected Mac.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t steal software. It’s bad karma, obviously. And, as always, do not download and install software from untrusted sources.