Security researchers at Sophos have announced the appearance of the ‘Remote Access Trojan’ known as “Blackhole RAT.”
Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider, “The unfinished malware, said to be based on the Windows RAT ‘darkComet,’ allows hackers to remotely send commands or attempt to deceive a Mac user. The darkComet source code is freely available online.”
“One of the potential uses for the BlackHole Trojan, which the security firm has dubbed ‘OSX/MusMinim-A,’ is the ability to pop up a fake ‘Administrator Password’ window to phish a target,” Marsal reports. “It can also be used to place text files on the desktop, or remotely send a restart, shutdown or sleep command to the Mac.”
Marsal reports, “Using the Trojan, hackers could also run arbitrary shell commands, send URls to the client to open a website, or place a full-screen window with a message that only allows the user to click reboot.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Here’s our usual oft-repeated reminder for Mac users and anyone who’s trying to use any other platform: Do not download and authorize the installation of applications (Trojans) from untrusted sources. No OS can protect users from themselves (or we wouldn’t be able to install any software). Those who grant attackers access to their Macs, should not be surprised to find their Macs are compromised.