“Internet security software company Bitdefender’s research lab has disclosed new malware targeting Macs called Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter,” Rossignol reports. “EasyDoc Converter was previously available on software download website MacUpdate, but the app was removed by July 5. It may remain available for download elsewhere online. The app was never available through the Mac App Store.”

Rossignol reports, “Apple’s default Gatekeeper security settings already prevent EasyDoc Converter from opening, unless you ignore the warning dialog and proceed to manually open the app under System Preferences > Security & Privacy.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another point in Gatekeeper’s favor. As Rossignol writes, installing unknown apps from unidentified developers is almost always a security risk.

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