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Mac Crypto-Miner shared via MacUpdate

February 8, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Macs are generally known as having safe Operating Systems. However, they aren’t without their share of malware variants. Take for example the Crypto-Miner that was released from MacUpdate via a hacked Webpage on their site. The new Crypto-Miner, referred to as OSX-CreativeUpdate, is designed to sit in the background and use the Computer’s CPU power to mine Monero Currency. The mined currency is then deposited into a single wallet. This trojan/miner, although distributed by MacUpdate, is actually downloaded from the Adobe Creative Cloud Servers.

The specific software applications that were infected were Firefox 58.0.2, Onyx and Deeper. The following instructions described how to remove the infected files.

 

Unfortunately, this type of scenerio is difficult to detect and avoid as the end user is not at fault.  As with any type of malware attack, please make sure that you are familiar with the email source. It at all in doubt, call the individual, or delete the email altogether.


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