Researcher finds old Mac malware that spioneert via webcam
A beveiligingsonderzoeker has an unknown virus for Macs found that for at least five years and, in any case, hundreds of devices have been affected.
The malware seems to be a variant of a virus in January was found and Fruitfly was called. The malicious software can record keystrokes record, screenshots and spectating with the webcam of a Mac.
Patrick Wardle of the security company Synack found that the malware is trying to contact different internet domains. He registered one of the domains and received within two days all communications of almost four hundred infected Macs, he tells Ars Technica.
The central auditing server of the malware has previously been taken offline, says Wardle. But affected Macs remained infected. Meanwhile, all the associated domains taken offline, and recognize different virus scanners, malware.
According to Wardle it is unclear who was behind the malware is and what its purpose exactly is. “I don’t know if it’s just a bored person or someone with a perverse purposes”, says the researcher.
The researcher says that the malware is not very advanced. Therefore, it is remarkable that he for years unnoticed.